Monday, February 27, 2017
Ford GT Competition Series is Ready to Terrorize Racetracks Everywhere
Ford is ready to terrorize racetracks everywhere with the new Ford GT Competition Series. Built atop the winning foundation that’s the Ford GT, the Competition Series has gone on a diet, particularly on the upper areas that shifts the center of gravity lower. This maximizes road-holding and enables drivers to fully exploit the 647 horsepower, 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine.
Changes to the Ford GT Competition Series include the use of lightweight Perspex acrylic on the engine cover. Together with the manual latch and carbon fiber prop rod, it reduces the weight near the roof. Similarly, the bulkhead Gorilla Glass behind the driver is half as thick and therefore lighter.
And while all performance-related features such as the FIA-certified steel roll cage and active aerodynamic system remain, the Ford GT Competition Series does away with air conditioning, radio and speakers, storage bins, and cup holders. There are other weight-reducing equipment as well such as carbon fiber wheels, titanium lug nuts and exhaust.
Differentiating the Competition Series from regular Ford GTs is the unique gloss carbon fiber stripe. Carbon fiber is also found on the mirror caps and A-pillars as well as exposed lower body trim elements. Surprisingly, it’s offered in six colors: Shadow Black, Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Liquid Blue, Liquid Gray, and Triple Yellow—colors also available in the regular GT.
Inside, the Ford GT Competition Series benefits from copious Alcantara which is found on the seats, instrument panel, and headliner. Exposed carbon fiber accentuates the center console and door sills with a plate where the infotainment used to be. Otherwise, it keeps the regular GT’s driver-centric control such as the F1-styled steering wheel with functional controls. Anodized red paddle shifters and instrument panel badge bring a pop of color though.
For now, the Ford GT Competition Series is only available for North America. However, don’t be surprised if a couple of them make their way across the Pacific to the Philippines.