At a press conference yesterday, Ford revealed a new appearance option for the supercar 2020 Ford GT called Liquid Carbon. The full carbon fiber body supercar also has increased horsepower and updated engine cooling allowing for even more thrilling performance. A second unique body style pays homage to Ford’s LeMans racing heritage with a restyled Gulf Livery package too.
What’s new for the 2020 Ford GT?
A new titanium exhaust system brings a visceral sound to the GT according to Pericak. The 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 has more horsepower than ever before with 660 horsepower. Beyond 13 additional horsepower when compared to 2017-19 GT supercars, the 2020 GT’s EcoBoost engine features a broader torque band and revised engine calibration plus mechanical upgrades that include gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils, thanks to lessons learned from the limited-edition, track-only GT Mk II.
According to Ford, additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress airducts designed to increase air flow by50percentwhile larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for the most strenuous, high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to further enhance handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits.
“Ford GT continues to be the pinnacle of Ford performance,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. “GT is always the ultimate expression of Ford racing innovation, and as we know from the 1966 Le Mans through today, that means constantly raising our game for our customers as well as earning the checkered flag.”
What does a titanium exhaust bring to the Ford GT?
Ford Performance is also introducing the premium Akrapovič titanium exhaust as standard equipment for GT. Boasting the signature craftsmanship of these renowned race experts, this exhaust provides a nine-pound weight savings over the previous system while featuring that deeply resonant, unmistakable sound emanating from the more powerful EcoBoost engine according to Ford.
Updated Gulf Racing Heritage Livery
According to Pericak, Ford Performance is also updating GT’s iconic heritage livery with a new design that includes a black pinstripe to divide the distinct blue and orange colors, recalling the 1968-69 Le Mans-winning GT40. The optional carbon fiber number switches from 9 on the 2019 model to 6 for 2020, matching that of the historic back-to-back winning car, chassis No. 1075.
For the first time on a heritage model, carbon fiber wheels are available in lieu of aluminum alloy, according to Ford. “Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations,” said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. “The black pinstripe and carbon fiber wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen.”
I recently wrote about a special edition Gulf Livery F-150 that also pays respect to Ford’s proud racing heritage.
Ford expects to sell a limited amount of these supercars for the coming year. Deliveries of the upgraded 2020 Ford GT is going on now. Production for these highly collectible supercars should wrap up early 2022.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. In addition to being a nationally syndicated automotive columnist, Jimmy has been published in a compilation book about children growing up with disabilities, where he shared his own very personal experience. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.