Penned by impartial automotive journalist Steve Statham


The 2017-22 Ford GT was built with a singular function in head: to go rapidly. Scratch that. It actually experienced a twin intent — to go quick and search excellent although performing so. The reality that it received races and established by itself as Ford’s halo car or truck ended up the direct success of that uncompromising company eyesight.

As a street-going supercar, it was really hard to enhance on the GT. Granted, the design is not identified for plush lodging, but in the efficiency features that depend, it was engineered right to the redline. The exterior was an aerodynamic tour de power, whilst the carbon-fiber passenger shell and entire body panels, as very well as the carbon-fiber Sparco seats, held its pounds in verify. An built-in tubular metal roll cage was an suitable structural factor for this sort of a observe-oriented sports automobile.

The GT’s mid-mounted 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 places out 647 horsepower and 550 ft/lbs of torque. It is mated to a 7-pace Getrag twin clutch automatic transmission. The blend was capable of sub-11-next quarter-mile situations and a claimed best pace of 216 mph. Aerodynamic aids this sort of as a pace activated splitter and underbody aero shields, along with Ford’s AdvanceTrac with digital balance management process, contributed to the shocking efficiency figures. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes introduced the GT back down to earth subsequent any higher-speed operates.

The Shadow Black 2019 Ford GT showcased below, Chassis No. 42, provided with No Reserve at the 2023 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld, has all those built-in talents and additional. Or, in this case, the much more is less. Ford engineers on the GT program ended up frequently motivated to shave another fraction of a 2nd off acceleration periods or discover an added mph of best speed. A single way they accomplished this was by weighing all the things vital and then taking a scalpel to slash absent each individual very last pointless ounce. This GT is the beneficiary of that focused focus, in the form of an optional offer of lightweight gear.

This alternative didn’t have a extravagant title on the Window Sticker, just Tools Group 600A, a $70,000 up grade. Listed in this team have been titanium lug nuts, a titanium exhaust and a light-weight Alcantara steering wheel. Gloss uncovered carbon-fiber 20-inch wheels, a polycarbonate rear hatch and a carbon graphics offer with twin stripes were also included.

A typical 2019 GT weighed about 1 very well-fed bulldog in excess of 3,000 pounds. By the time that lightweight equipment group was integrated, the bulldog experienced been banished back to the lawn and the GT was that a lot more rapidly on its feet. By comparison, a 2005 Ford GT, no slouch in its own proper with 550 horsepower, weighed about 3,350 lbs.

Ford introduced the lightweight products package deal for the GT as the Carbon Series in a press release dated Oct 30, 2018. These light-weight GTs had been claimed by Ford to be somewhere around 40 lbs lighter than a regular GT, and the lightest choice readily available that wasn’t an outright competitors product.

The carbon-fiber areas are evident from the exterior, but the carbon-fiber concept extends into the interior as very well. This GT has carbon-fiber accents on the doorway sills, center console and air sign-up pods. The F1-motivated steering wheel has a flat major and bottom, as well as an integrated LED rev indicator. The paddle shifters powering the steering wheel slide quickly to hand.

In addition to the light-weight products, this GT has the optional purple brake calipers and the Ford GT indoor vehicle deal with. It is also exceedingly light-weight on miles traveled, with 10 true miles. It will come with the Window Sticker and factory create pictures.

It is far too early to get in touch with this 2019 GT a museum piece, but Ford no lengthier can make these vehicles, and a 10-mile case in point is about as untouched as they occur. That is the variable that transforms this lightweight GT into a heavyweight collectible. Sign-up to bid for your opportunity to protected this GT for by yourself at the 2023 Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29 at WestWorld.