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The Ford GT Competition Series is a lightweight track monster
Ford confirms US-only, track-orientated version of its 647bhp supercar
Last month, the Ford GT won the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona. To commemorate this win - and its racing heritage - Ford has announced a run of lightweight, special edition Ford GTs. Meet the Ford GT Competition Series.
First things first, there isn’t a power increase, but 647bhp from the car’s 3.5-litre turbo V6 - complete with a 216mph top speed - should be plenty for your track needs. What this GT gets instead is a Perspex acrylic engine cover and a carbonfibre prop rod that, says Ford, helps reduce weight near the roof and pushes the balance of weight lower down in the car.
The glass behind the driver too is said to be half as thick and half as light as on the ‘regular’ Ford GT models. As any self-respecting, track-focused lightweight commands, the air conditioning, radio, speakers, storage bins and cupholders have also been removed to save weight.
You also get carbonfibre wheels with titanium nuts and a titanium exhaust. Furthermore, there is a carbonfibre stripe, and exposed carbonfibre lower body trim in a gloss finish.
In fact, there’s quite a bit of carbonfibre dotted around the cabin, too, including on the centre console and door sills. There’s a little plate that covers off the non-existent infotainment stuff, while you also get Alcantara on the seats, instrument panel and headlining.
You want colours? You can’t handle the colours. There are six - black, white, silver, blue, grey and ‘Triple’ yellow, and you’ll be able to see the car in full at this weekend’s Daytona 500 race.
All in, we’re not told just how much lighter this Competition Series GT is over the regular Ford GT, but for your reference, that latter car clocks in at 1,385kg dry (just 15kg off the Ferrari 488’s 1,370kg). So we’d suspect these tweaks would make slightly better use of the GT’s aforementioned 647bhp and 550lb ft of torque.
“The Ford GT has racing in its blood,” explains Ford executive vice president 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.”
It’s a US-only limited series, mind, though will be available throughout the GT’s production run. Fancy one?