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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: This 2019 Ford GT Proves that Less can Sometimes be More

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: This 2019 Ford GT Proves that Less can Sometimes be More

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: This 2019 Ford GT Proves that Less can Sometimes be More

Penned by unbiased automotive journalist Steve Statham


The 2017-22 Ford GT was crafted with a singular intent in brain: to go rapidly. Scratch that. It in fact experienced a dual purpose — to go fast and glance terrific even though accomplishing so. The fact that it won races and recognized alone as Ford’s halo car or truck have been the direct effects of that uncompromising corporate vision.

As a street-going supercar, it was really hard to make improvements to on the GT. Granted, the design is not identified for plush accommodations, but in the efficiency characteristics that rely, it was engineered right to the redline. The exterior was an aerodynamic tour de power, although the carbon-fiber passenger shell and human body panels, as nicely as the carbon-fiber Sparco seats, retained its weight in test. An built-in tubular steel roll cage was an ideal structural component for such a track-oriented sporting activities motor vehicle.

The GT’s mid-mounted 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 puts out 647 horsepower and 550 ft/lbs of torque. It is mated to a 7-velocity Getrag twin clutch automatic transmission. The blend was able of sub-11-next quarter-mile instances and a noted best velocity of 216 mph. Aerodynamic aids this kind of as a pace activated splitter and underbody aero shields, alongside with Ford’s AdvanceTrac with digital balance regulate method, contributed to the shocking overall performance quantities. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes brought the GT back again down to earth adhering to any substantial-speed runs.

The Shadow Black 2019 Ford GT showcased here, Chassis No. 42, supplied with No Reserve at the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld, has all all those crafted-in skills and additional. Or, in this scenario, the a lot more is a lot less. Ford engineers on the GT plan ended up frequently inspired to shave an additional portion of a second off acceleration moments or uncover an excess mph of top speed. One particular way they attained this was by weighing almost everything vital and then using a scalpel to slice absent each individual last pointless ounce. This GT is the beneficiary of that targeted focus, in the kind of an optional bundle of lightweight tools.

This option did not have a extravagant identify on the Window Sticker, just Tools Group 600A, a $70,000 upgrade. Listed in this team ended up titanium lug nuts, a titanium exhaust and a light-weight Alcantara steering wheel. Gloss exposed carbon-fiber 20-inch wheels, a polycarbonate rear hatch and a carbon graphics bundle with twin stripes were also bundled.

A common 2019 GT weighed about a single very well-fed bulldog about 3,000 lbs .. By the time that light-weight equipment group was integrated, the bulldog experienced been banished back to the lawn and the GT was that considerably more rapidly on its toes. By comparison, a 2005 Ford GT, no slouch in its personal right with 550 horsepower, weighed about 3,350 pounds.

Ford launched the lightweight tools bundle for the GT as the Carbon Collection in a press release dated Oct 30, 2018. These lightweight GTs ended up said by Ford to be roughly 40 kilos lighter than a regular GT, and the lightest selection accessible that was not an outright competition product.

The carbon-fiber components are evident from the exterior, but the carbon-fiber concept extends into the interior as properly. This GT has carbon-fiber accents on the doorway sills, centre console and air sign up pods. The F1-motivated steering wheel has a flat top rated and base, as very well as an integrated LED rev indicator. The paddle shifters at the rear of the steering wheel drop commonly to hand.

In addition to the light-weight devices, this GT has the optional purple brake calipers and the Ford GT indoor car or truck protect. It is also exceedingly light-weight on miles traveled, with 10 actual miles. It will come with the Window Sticker and manufacturing facility develop pictures.

It is too early to connect with this 2019 GT a museum piece, but Ford no for a longer period helps make these autos, and a 10-mile example is about as untouched as they occur. That’s the element that transforms this lightweight GT into a heavyweight collectible. Sign up to bid for your chance to protected this GT for you at the 2023 Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld.