The Blue Oval’s much-anticipated supercar, the Ford GT will debut with the availability of next-generation carbon-fibre wheels as an option. It’s the second car from Ford to be offered with a carbon-fibre set, with the first being the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.
Working together with Australian supplier partner Carbon Revolution, the new wheels are constructed with the latest generation of fibre and resin technology. This is said to permit greater design flexibility which results in flowing, more intricate spokes.
For the Ford GT, the 20-inch carbon-fibre rims will be offered in two finishes – a matte or a glossy clear coat – that allows for the carbon-fibre weave to be visible. Both finishes match the exposed carbon finishes on the sills, fascia and extractor of the Ford GT.
Apart from the design, the optional carbon-fibre wheels provide improved vehicle dynamics, enhanced ride quality and weight savings of 25% compared to the standard 20-inch 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels.
With this, the suspension needs to do less work to control the hardware attached to it (wheels) and improves consistent contact with the road, therefore improving traction and driver control. Meanwhile, it also improves steering feel and dynamics, as it requires less energy to accelerate or turn the wheels. Efficiency is improved as well as less energy is required for spinning each wheel.
Other special items that can be found on the Ford GT include Corning Gorilla Glass windscreen, which is not just durable but it’s also 30% lighter than traditional glass. A total of 6,506 ownership application for the Ford GT was received and only 500 potential customers will have the chance of owning the carbon-fibre supercar.
The rear-wheel drive, two-door vehicle will sport a twin-turbo 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine capable of generating over 600 hp. The mill is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to the company, the Ford GT is expected to arrive in customers’ garages by the end of 2016.
GALLERY: Ford GT in Geneva
GALLERY: Ford GT race car for Le Mans