Still looking to get yourself a Ford GT? We have some good news as the Blue Oval recently launched the updated GT at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Featuring a slightly more powerful twin-turbo V6, along with a sexier-looking body, the 2020 Ford GT shows the brand's continued technological innovation in the name of performance.
But first, let's talk about that cool-looking exterior. For 2020, Ford launched a limited edition of the GT called 'Liquid Carbon'. From its namesake, it puts emphasis on the carbon fiber body that has been left unpainted. Instead, a special clear coat highlights the carbon fiber weave that dominates the GT's body. Speaking of carbon fiber, the alloy wheels are also made from the lightweight composite which not only saves on weight, but also provides a striking look for the GT.
Prefer something a bit old school? Ford also updated the Gulf Racing Heritage livery for the 2020 GT. It now has a black pinstripe that divides the blue and orange colors which pays homage to the 1968-1969 Le Mans-winning GT40. In addition, it now gets a new #6 livery which matches with the historic back-to-back winning car, chassis No. 1075. Finally, the carbon fiber wheels from the Liquid Carbon are now available for the Gulf Racing Heritage Livery.
As before, the Ford GT is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. However, Ford gave the engine a bit of a horsepower bump. From 655 PS, the engine now produces 669 horsepower (+14). Now while that may not sound like much, Ford was also busy giving the V6 a broader torque curve. This means that while the engine still makes 745 Nm of torque, Ford claims it now has improved torque delivery than before. As for the V6 itself, the engine gets upgraded pistons and higher-energy ignition coils borrowed from the track-only GT Mk. II.
Besides giving the engine a bit more power, Ford also improved the engine's cooling and air flow dynamics. New buttress air ducts provide increased air flow by 50%, while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures at optimal levels. To give the GT a throatier exhaust note, Ford installed an Akrapovic titanium exhaust as standard. Unlike the previous exhaust, the new Akrapovic unit sheds about 4 kilograms of weight and delivers a meaner-sounding V6 roar.
“Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance. GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer.
Deliveries for the 2020 Ford GT are now ongoing. Production will wrap up some time in 2022. Hopefully, Ford Philippines will finally be able to offer the GT to customers locally.