Ford GT adds lightweight Carbon Series, gets $50,000 price bump

The Ford GT Carbon Series Is An Angry Lightweight Special

The Ford GT Carbon Series Is An Angry Lightweight Special

To better draw attention to its featherweight form, the GT is said to feature "more visible carbon fibre than any previous model".

Visually, it's recognizable by its gray paint and the standard exposed carbon fiber stripe down the middle, which showcases the perfectly reflected carbon weave on either side of the vehicle.

The rest of the weight savings comes from the carbon-fiber wheels, titanium exhaust and lug nuts, and a polycarbonate rear hatch. Which is why Ford has revealed the new GT Carbon Series, a lighter (and some would say prettier) take on its EcoBoost supercar. This comes by way of two exposed carbon fibre stripes with matching A-pillars and lower body panels and, of course, those gloss carbon fibre wheels. The Ford GT Carbon Series is not meant to be a track-only auto, 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. It's a track auto to be sure, but it's still somewhat civilized.

On the inside, the sills, centre console and air vents are all finished in matt carbon, while the steering wheel now sports a fancy new set of anodised shift paddles. It also loses cupholders and driver's side seat storage bin. This stripe can be accentuated with a contrasting color stripe down the middle, along with mirror caps the same color.

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Carbon Series buyers will also be able to order an Accent package in silver, orange, red, or blue.

The Ford GT Carbon Series is said to be nearly 18kg (40lb) lighter than the standard vehicle. The Accent package is probably good for another $10,000 to $15,000 on top of that.

Confusingly, the already mostly carbonfibre Ford GT is now available in a limited-run "Carbon Series" guise. It's available to order now for pre-approved customers but will also be available to new customers in select global markets, including the USA, when the application process reopens on November 8.

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