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SEMA 2018: 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series revealed

By Chris Thompson, 31 Oct 2018 News

SEMA 2018: 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series revealed

Lighter, track-focussed, carbon fibre-laden GT soon available to ‘approved applicants’

Ford has revealed the next of its GT supercars, the 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series.

With more ‘visible’ carbon fibre than any previous model, Ford says its use of the material has saved roughly 18kg compared to a standard GT, leaving 1367kg of GT remaining.

According to The Blue Oval, the weight saving comes primarily thanks to “carbon fibre wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium wheel nuts and a lightweight polycarbonate rear hatch, with additional venting.”

Air conditioning and an infotainment system are still present, but engineers reportedly ‘drew the line’ at cupholders and storage space in the driver’s seat. No tall lattes in the GT.

Performance is scarcely mentioned by Ford in its announcement of the Carbon Edition, as the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 retains its 482kW output.

On the GT Carbon’s rather distinctive bodywork, the two main stripes are exposed carbon fibre, while silver, orange, red, or blue accents can be found down the centre, on mirror caps, and brake callipers.

Ford Performance marketing manager Lance Mosley says the GT Carbon is “just another example of how [Ford] listens to customers.”

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“While the Ford GT Competition model appeals to hardcore racing enthusiasts, we found more customers asking for more exposed carbon fibre with the air conditioning and radio still intact. So we developed the Carbon Series to satisfy that need, while providing a distinct look.”

Ford estimates one will be built per week at most, and says that “approved customer applicants can order the Ford GT Carbon Series now.”

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The final application process for “select global markets” opens on November 8, though it’s unclear if this special edition GT will follow the same contractual obligations from buyers to retain a car for 2 years before selling on.