2019 Ford GTCarbon Series
- Year of manufacture2019
- Mileage8 km / 6 mi
- Car typeCoupé
- Interior colourBlack
- Number of doors2
- Number of seats2
- Exterior colourBlack
- Limited production “Lightweight” Series that drops 40 pounds from standard GT and emphasizes carbon fiber bodywork and wheels
- Shadow Black exterior with Exterior Red Accent Color Package adding red stripe, mirrors and brake calipers
- Virgin paintwork, allowed to cure naturally with no premature application of paint protection or other sealants
- Only 8.2 delivery miles and started regularly to ensure proper engine break-in
- The 35th GT built for 2019 and approximately the 380th of overall Ford GT production
Many marques over the years have advertised their road cars as bred by the race track or related to their racing cousins. Fewer have a product in their showrooms that so closely resembles the race car version as the third incarnation of the Ford GT.
The Ford GT40 gained fame in the late 1960s when Henry Ford took a bottomless budget and a will to win the 24 Hours of LeMans to fight Ferrari. It not only won, it won four consecutive times and won as an extremely rare American manufacturer. The victories helped put Ford on the world stage and, together with the Shelby Cobra and other muscle-cars from the 1960s, created a heritage that has sustained Ford for decades.
Ford resurrected the GT concept in 2002 when it showed a concept car intended to celebrate the marque’s 100th birthday that would take place a year later. The concept was a hit and Ford sold over four thousand cars for the 2005 and 2006 model years. The V-8 engine produced over 550 horsepower and pushed the GT to a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
After two years of secret development, Ford unveiled a next generation Ford GT to demonstrate the company’s capabilities in 2015. The new Ford GT was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans victory. It was a radical and more aggressive evolution and the road and race car were developed together. Chip Ganassi spearheaded the motorsport effort, draping the race cars in red, white and blue. The team outpaced Ferrari to win the GTE Pro class at the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans to provide the storybook anniversary finish. Thankfully, Ford thought more broadly than just LeMans. The racing program has spanned multiple continents and series and years, reaching a generation of racing fans.
Road car production started with the 2017 model year. The Ford GT road car is a thinly disguised version of the race car. The road car is actually more powerful and features active aerodynamics that were not permitted on the race car. Specialist engineering and racing firm Multimatic continues to manufacture each car by hand, producing one per day. Ford placed road cars with enthusiasts of the marque through an application process.
On October 30, 2018, Ford announced a limited-edition variant named the “Carbon Series.” Positioned in the sweet spot between a standard Ford GT and bare bones competition flavors, the Carbon Series made its mark by shedding nearly 40 pounds of weight and showing off more carbon fiber. The Carbon Series was intended to be a more usable performance car than a pure track-special. It retained comforts such as a radio and air conditioning. The variant was informally available to select customers as the “Lightweight” before becoming a formal configuration option and assuming its “Carbon Series” name.
The Carbon Series was a very limited edition. When launched, selected Ford GT customers were offered the opportunity to fill their existing orders as Lightweight Series cars. Ford began accepting new applications for Carbon Series cars starting November 8, 2018 and announced the window would remain open for only 30 days. The Carbon Series does not currently appear as an option on the Ford GT configurator website.
The weight savings came primarily from swapping parts for lighter alternatives. Gloss carbon fiber wheels, a titanium exhaust, titanium lugnuts and a polycarbonate rear hatch with additional venting lead the weight shedding list. Cupholders and the driver’s side seat storage bin were also omitted.
Standard Ford GT bodywork featured an angular aerodynamic exterior with a complete carbon-fiber passenger shell, doors, hood, fenders, front and rear fascia, front splitter, rear diffuser and underbody aero shields. Visually, the Carbon Series exposed the carbon fiber weave on the A-pillars, lower panels, and in a pair of wide stripes running from front to rear across the bonnet, roof and rear deck. Options were limited. One was a color matched accent package that added an accent stripe from nose to tail, colored side mirror caps, and brake calipers. Any accent color was possible as long as the buyer picked silver, orange, red or blue.
Continuing the carbon theme, the interior featured matte carbon fiber sills, air register pods and center console. The Carbon Series also featured a unique pattern with silver stitching on the seat and steering wheel. The dash and seats were trimmed in black Alcantara. The steering wheel wrapped with black Alcantara looked inspired by Formula One with ten knobs and dials at the driver’s fingertips. A unique badge adorned the instrument panel as well.
Mechanically, the Carbon Series mirrored the standard Ford GT specifications, including twin-turbo Ford Ecoboost 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 647 horsepower and 7-speed paddle-shift Getrag dual-clutch automatic transmission. From a standstill, the Ford GT takes under three seconds to hit 60 miles per hour on its way to a top speed in excess of 216 miles per hour. Twenty-inch carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires put the power to the ground and enormous carbon ceramic brakes and Brembo calipers bring the Ford GT to a halt.
The Ford GT is purposeful. It is wide and low and angular and makes the most of its mid-engine configuration. The doors pivot to the sky, the front hood sports giant nostrils, and the flying buttress aerodynamic treatment around the rear towards the twin exhaust ports is dramatic. The exhaust note is throaty. It will be viewed as a benchmark car for decades.
This 2019 Carbon Series Ford GT, chassis K035, is the 35th GT produced for the model year, and approximately the 380th Ford GT of overall production. It was ordered as a Lightweight Series on August 31, 2018 with Shadow Black exterior and the optional Lightweight Exterior Red Accent Color Package. The base Ford GT carried a list price of $494,500 and the “Lightweight” configuration added a $70,000 premium with the red accent option adding another $15,000. A $750 indoor car cover and $1,500 seat harness anchors rounded out the options list. The $3,750 destination and delivery fee brought the total to $585,500.
The 2019 Ford GT had a base price increase of $50,000 over the 2018 model, putting the MSRP for this 2019 Carbon Series at $135,000 over a standard 2018 model.
The red stripe across the top of the car, red mirrors and red Brembo brake calipers are a striking offset to the Shadow Black exterior color. The Carbon Series with painted accents requires the equivalent of three separate paint applications during the factory refinish process due to three different exposed color surfaces, carbon fiber, body color, and accent color. With the extensive paint material build up, a thorough paint cure requires a longer period of time than would a standard factory paint finish.
The factory recommended that new owners wait at least 30 days before applying paint protection in order to let the original paint properly cure. The owner opted to allow the paint to fully breathe and cure naturally for its entire two-year life to date. With absolutely no surface restrictions to trap exhausting chemicals in the paint, K035 should have one of the longest lasting, most durable, high luster paint finishes of any Ford GT produced.
K035 has only 8.2 delivery miles on its odometer. It has never been driven on the road, but has been started regularly and run for proper heat cycles at varying RPM ranges to ensure appropriate engine break in.
The car comes with factory pre-purchase kit, factory photos, window sticker, aluminum etched Multimatic photo, purchase process documentation, factory indoor car cover (never used), Covercraft car cover, factory battery charger, aero screens (not installed).
Ford GT production is heading towards an end in 2022. Limited Carbon Series production has come and gone, and is no longer a build option. This GT is located in California and available January 2021.