As exclusive as the new Ford GT gets, it looks like it will still receive an even more limited track-focused lightweight version.
From the looks of it, the Ford GT Competition Series is aimed squarely at the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the Ferrari 458 Speciale, and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. According to Ford, the Competition Series is the “highest performing version of the Ford GT road car and the closest one can get to experiencing the car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
To shed weight, Ford has gone with the minimalistic approach by removing components that are unnecessary for a fast lap time. That said, items such as the radio and air conditioning will not be seen in the Competition Series. The glass hatch too has been replaced with perspex along with a manual latch. Moving over to the front, the bulkhead glass forgoes automotive-grade laminate in favor of Gorilla Glass – yes, the very same one your phone’s screen is probably made out of.
While forged aluminum is still considered the standard material and process for lightweight wheels, Ford takes it one notch higher by giving the Competition Series a set of featherweight carbon fiber wheels. Even its lug nuts will be made in titanium to further reduce unsprung weight.
The interior also gets its fair share of carbon fiber work, with the door sills as well as the whole dashboard made out of bare carbon as well. The instrument panel and bezel will have a different look from the standard car, though Ford has yet to specify its differences. We may likely see red gauge coloring on the screen to match the anodized bits inside the cabin. The rest of the interior will be flocked in dark alcantara to stick to the track-oriented theme.
Ford has yet to release power figures for the GT Competition Series, but even with the stock 647PS on tap it should be enough to give current lightweight supercars a run for their money. Pricing and availability for the GT Competition Series have yet to be announced.