Ford Motor Co.s GT makes extensive use of carbon fiber to save weight, but a special edition of the supercar is taking that a step further.

The automaker on Tuesday introduced a special-edition Carbon Series GT for the 2019 model year thats 40 pounds lighter than the standard supercar, thanks to carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium lug nuts and a polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting. Ford said it features more visible carbon fiber than any previous GT model, with two exposed carbon fiber stripes with matching A-pillars and lower body panels in addition to the gloss wheels. Inside, the car comes with matte carbon fiber sills, air register pods and center console.

The special edition was unveiled as part of the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

"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," Hermann Salenbauch, global director of Ford Performance, said in a statement.

The vehicle, priced starting around $450,000, comes with air conditioning, a radio and the Sync 3 infotainment system — amenities earlier Competition Series GTs dropped to save weight. It wont, however, have cupholders or a drivers side seat storage bin.

The Carbon Series GTs can be ordered with accented mirror caps, calipers and a center stripe in either red, orange, blue or silver.

Ford has not set a limit on how many Carbon Series GTs it will build, although it estimates that if demand is high, it can produce one per week.

The automaker earlier this month said it would build an additional 350 GTsover two additional model years, bringing the total to 1,350 produced over a six-year run. Order banks reopen Nov. 8.

Source: Autonews

October 30, 2018