Hot off the Ford GT’s win at the Rolex 24 race at Daytona, Ford has announced a limited-edition version of its hottest and most coveted performance car designed to appeal to the most hardcore of race enthusiasts.
One can imagine the introduction of the new GT variant, dubbed the Competition Series, was a celebratory affair, coming just a few weeks after a hard-fought victory in which the GT squeaked across the line seconds ahead of competitors from Porsche, Ferrari, and Chevrolet.
Close or not, that’s good company to keep, and proof the Ford GT is one of the best sports cars in the world. The new Competition Series model seeks to push the Canadian-built supercar even more squarely into the limelight.
Ford’s goal with the Competition Series GT was to cut as much unnecessary weight as possible in order to boost the car’s racetrack cred with a lower centre of gravity.
A Perspex engine cover cuts weight near the car’s highest point, along with a manual latch and a carbon-fibre prop rod. The see-through bulkhead behind the driver is now made of Gorilla Glass – the same kind that graces the front of many smartphones and tablets – and is half the thickness as the one on the standard GT.
Under that lighter engine hatch is the same twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that serves all GT models, which extracts 647 hp and 550 lb-ft torque from just 3.5 litres of displacement. That power goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and carbon ceramic brakes handle the formidable task of stopping the car from its 347 km/h-plus top speed.
Ford left in place the FIA-certified steel roll cage and active aero system, but ditched anything not essential to speed, including air conditioning, sound system, storage cubbies and cupholders—you won’t want to roll through the Tim Horton’s drive through in this car.
And weight-reducing kit that’s standard in the regular GT, including carbon-fibre wheels and titanium lug nuts and exhaust, are standard here.
Carbon fibre also graces the mirror caps, A-pillars, and lower body trim; in the ultimate expression of weight saving, even the stripe running the length of the car’s centre is done in carbon fibre.
There’s more of that exotic, strong and lightweight material inside the car, on the console, registers, and door sills, alongside the Alcantara used on the seats, instrument panel and headliner.