The lightest GT yet!

The second-generation Ford GT was launched for the 2017 model year as a revival of the limited-edition supercar that the Blue Oval first produced between 2004 and 2006. The modern GT is also a tribute to the original GT40 from the 1960s and marked Ford’s return to endurance racing. Following a handful of special-edition model, Ford created the Carbon Series, a lightweight version of the standard GT.

Fitted with an extended range of carbon-fiber parts as standard, including wheels, the Carbon Series is nearly 40 pounds lighter than the regular GT. It also features extra carbon inside the cabin, as well as customized seats and a dashboard badge. Is it more powerful? No, but the fact that it’s lighter makes it a more nimble car on the race track.

What makes the Ford GT Carbon Series special

  • Carbon-fiber pillars
  • Carbon side skirts
  • Carbon-fiber stripes
  • New accent colors
  • Carbon-fiber wheels
  • Polycarbonate engine hood
  • New seat upholstery
  • Unique dashboard badge
  • Seat cupholder delete
  • Titanium exhaust system
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The Carbon Series looks identical to the regular Ford GT as far as features and body panels go but stands out by means of extra elements finished in bare carbon-fiber and new accent colors.

If you're a fan of exposed carbon-fiber, you'll spot it on the A-pillars and the lower body panels, including the side skirts, the splitter, and the rear diffuser.

The wheels are also made from carbon fiber, while the lugnuts are made from titanium, yet another lightweight material.

Even the dual stripes that run across the length of the car over the front hood, roof, rear deck, and wing have a carbon-fiber finish. Combined with the accent stripe, they really make the GT stand out. Speaking of accent stripes, they’re part of a new, optional accent package that also includes accent mirror caps and matching calipers. You can order them in silver, orange, red, or blue.

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Finally, Ford replaced the original engine cover with a polycarbonate unit.

Not only lighter than usual, it also has additional venting on each side of the window, just like a race car.

The carbon-fiber festival continues inside the cabin, where you can find the lightweight composite on the door sills, the center console, and the area beneath and in front of the instrument cluster. Ford also changed the seat upholstery to a new pattern with silver stitching that extends on the headrests. There’s matching stitching on the sports steering wheel and anodized paddle shifters with a similar appearance. The unique badge on the dashboard rounds off the visuals.

Beyond this, Ford removed the cup holders on the driver’s side seat storage bin to save weight. However, unlike the GT Competition Series model, the Carbon Series retains the radio, SYNC 3 infotainment system, and the air conditioning system. It may seem a bit weird to keep this features given the efforts made to save weight with carbon-fiber, but Ford says it wants to give customers the opportunity to drive their cars to and from the race track in comfort.

2019 Ford GT Carbon Series Exterior
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Under the hood, the Carbon Series remains a standard GT save of the lighter exhaust system made from titanium.

Oomph comes from the same twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The race-derived unit cranks out a whopping 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet and screams like crazy for 2.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. The GT hits a top speed of 216 mph, on par with most modern supercars.

Ford didn’t say how many Carbon Series models it plans to produce. but mentioned that it can build one per week. This means production will be limited to around 50 units per year.

No pricing information yet, but expect it to cost well in excess of $500,000. The regular GT starts from around $450,000.

Further reading

2017 Ford GT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford GT.

2005 - 2006 Ford GT
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Read our full review on the 2005 - 2006 Ford GT.

1964 - 1969 Ford GT40 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1964 - 1969 Ford GT40.

New 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series is the lightest car in the company’s GT lineup, saving nearly 40 pounds with lightweight innovations such as carbon fiber wheels and a polycarbonate engine cover
Bare carbon fiber dual exposed stripes, A-pillars and lower body panels communicate the car’s extra nimbleness for taming tracks
Unique optional accent package offers four color choices matching the mirror caps, center stripe and calipers for a striking look that further stands out from the lineup
Ford GT Carbon Series can be driven to the track then make the ride home more enjoyable with the retention of the radio, SYNC® 3 and air conditioning, features not available on the earlier Ford GT Competition Series model

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 30, 2018 – The Ford GT Carbon Series will be shredding tracks soon as the lightest of the road-going Ford supercars – and unlike its sibling racer, it will want to be driven home after time sheets are collected.

The new limited-edition model drops nearly 40 pounds with a host of lightweighting innovations such as carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium lugnuts and a polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting.

Ford engineers added just enough conveniences – air conditioning, a radio and SYNC® 3 – for those customers who want to drive to and from the track in comfort. But they drew the line to keep the weight in check by removing cupholders and the driver’s side seat storage bin.

This third Ford GT special edition features more visible carbon fiber than any previous model, along with optional accent colors, to stand out from the lineup and communicate its chicane cravings.

“The Ford GT Carbon Series stands out on the road with its striking carbon fiber-rich design and on the track with its athleticism,” says Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “It is yet another example of how we can bring to life our Le Mans-winning supercar in new and exciting ways so our customers can share in that magical legacy.”

The exterior boasts two exposed carbon fiber stripes with matching A-pillars, lower body panels and gloss carbon fiber wheels. The interior features matte carbon fiber sills, air register pods and center console for the most exposed carbon fiber of any Ford GT.

Customers can choose between four optional accent colors – silver, orange, red or blue – for the mirror caps, center stripe and calipers. The Carbon Series also features a unique seat pattern with silver stitching that is repeated on the steering wheel, as well as complementary clear anodized paddle shifters and a unique badge for the instrument panel.

“This is just another example of how we listen to our customers at Ford,” says Lance Mosley, marketing manager, Ford Performance. “While the Ford GT Competition model appeals to hardcore racing enthusiasts, we found more customers asking for more exposed carbon fiber with the air conditioning and radio still intact. So we developed the Carbon Series to satisfy that need, while providing a distinct look.”

Approved customer applicants can order the Ford GT Carbon Series now. Approximately one special model can be built each week. Ford will open the final owner application process for select global markets Nov. 8. Prospective owners can submit their applications at www.FordGT.com for 30 days.

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