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The Ford GT Carbon Series Is An Angry Lightweight Special

The Ford GT Carbon Series Is An Angry Lightweight Special”

Topline: On Tuesday, Ford announced the newest special edition of its halo supercar, the GT Carbon Series, featuring more carbon fiber than any variant prior.

"The Ford GT Carbon Series stands out on the road with its striking carbon fiber-rich design and on the track with its athleticism", says Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance.

The wheels are now made of carbon fibre, while the exhaust and lug nuts are made of titanium. A replacement for the Competition Series model, the Carbon Series cuts 39 pounds from the race-inspired coupe while also adding aesthetic changes. Many have called the GT something of a porker with a dry weight of 3,054 pounds, making any weight elimination crucial, but this isn't just any weight the Carbon Series sheds: It's mostly unsprung weight.

Visible carbon fibre is the focal point of the exterior and can be found on the wheels, racing stripes, A-pillars, and lower body panels. Ford also removes the cupholders and the driver's seat storage bin, supposedly to save weight.

Customers can choose between four optional accent colors - silver, orange, red or blue - for the mirror caps, center stripe and calipers. Elsewhere inside, buyers will get matte carbon-fiber sills, air register pods and center console. The Ford GT Carbon Series is not meant to be a track-only vehicle, however, as creature comforts such as air conditioning, a radio, and the Sync 3 infotainment system remain to make this latest special-edition GT a livable everyday commuter. Regardless of this choice, all will get a unique seat pattern with silver stitching that is repeated on the steering wheel. We suspect the real appeal of this Carbon Edition is the way it looks, with more exposed carbon than any previous GT.

The GT Carbon Series will account for one of the seven GTs Ford will build each week going forward.

Approved customer applicants can order the Ford GT Carbon Series now.



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