The New Ford GT Competition Series Is Hot…Maybe Too Hot

New Ford GT Competition Series Front Silver
The Ford GT Competition Series was produced in very limited numbers

The new Ford GT offers a lot of performance, regardless of how it’s configured. Every GT has a carbon fiber chassis, active aerodynamics, a pushrod-activated torsion bar suspension and a 647 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine offering up to 216 mph. That level of performance should satisfy most enthusiasts, but if you want even more performance from your Ford GT there is a “high-performance” version of this hypercar: The new Ford GT Competition Series.

New Ford GT Competition Series Rear
The Competition Series was offered in Shadow Black, Frozen White, Liquid Blue, Ingot Silver, Liquid Gray and Triple Yellow

This version of the Ford GT offers two advantages over the standard model. It’s got a lower total curb weight as well as a lower center of gravity. The center of gravity is reduced by using a Perspex acrylic engine hatch cover and carbon fiber prop rod instead of a standard glass cover and hydraulic strut.

2018 Ford GT Competition Interior
The Competition Series’ interior includes a unique red VIN plate on the dash

The Competition Series’ curb weight is further reduced by using Gorilla Glass in the bulkhead between the passenger cell and engine compartment. This glass is about half as thick and half the weight of the standard Ford GT’s bulkhead glass. Another weight-saving effort comes from removing the GT’s infotainment system and air conditioning.

New Ford GT Competition Series Exhaust Tips
All Competition Series include titanium exhaust and an exposed carbon fiber stripe

The Competition Series’ total weight reduction over the standard Ford GT has never been confirmed, but rumor places it between 100 and 200 pounds. That’s a compelling reason to order one, and Ford was willing to make as many as customers ordered during the 2017 and 2018 model years.

New Ford GT Competition Series Paddle Shifter
Unique to the Competition Series are red paddle shifters

Unfortunately, not many of these specialized versions of the Ford GTs were ordered. The total number also hasn’t been confirmed, but rumor places it between 10 and 20 Competition Series produced — across both model years. That’s a tiny take rate, even by the Ford GT’s limited production standards, likely reflecting the car’s lack of air conditioning. Most performance fans would appreciate the rest of the Competition Series’ weight-saving measures, but no air conditioning in a mid-engine supercar is a recipe for heat stroke.

New Ford GT Competition Series Front
The new Ford GT Competition Series comes with standard carbon fiber wheels

That’s too bad, because a performance-oriented version of a high-performance car is always a cool concept. Maybe Ford could do something to keep this concept alive. Maybe a lightweight version of the Ford GT that still has air conditioning to get over that hurdle? That would be cool on multiple levels.

New Ford GT Competition Series Top
The Competition Series’ low take rate hopefully doesn’t preclude another high-performance version of the new GT…

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