With the Ford GT now in production, the US automaker is keeping interested parties on their toes by revealing the new lightweight-thus-meaner GT Competition Series.
Yes, the company did think about the owners that might consider the regular model as being “soft” and made sure they would not appeal to aftermarket specialists. Hardcore all the way, said the engineers, as per the words of Ford’s Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair: “The Competition Series was developed with the most hardcore track enthusiasts in mind, providing a tailored set of lightweight features and unique livery to match.” You can see the Competition Series stand out in the crowd because the GT wears a gloss-finished carbon fiber hood stripe, as well as the same material for the mirror caps, A-pillar, and lower body trim. The package also adds to the standard list a slew of parts that are usually offered for extra money – carbon fiber wheels and titanium components for the lug nuts and exhaust.
Reduced weight comes courtesy of a Perspex acrylic engine cover with a manual latch, a carbon fiber prop instead of the hydraulic strut and the bulkhead behind the driver has been switched to smartphone-like Gorilla Glass that is way narrower. The interior has also been stripped to bare essentials – the air conditioning, infotainment display, speakers, storage bins, and cupholders have disappeared. There’s ebony-like Alcantara on the seats, instrument panel, and headliner as well as carbon fiber trim – while a touch of color is provided by some anodized red parts (paddle shifters and a badge on the instrument panel). There are no figures as to how much weight has been shaved – but we do know the Competition Series has been offered to customers since the order books were opened.