Ford Performance today at the Chicago auto show confirmed tweaks to the GT supercar for 2020 with increased engine power to 660 horsepower and improved cooling. With 13 additional horsepower compared to 2017-19 GT, the 2020 EcoBoost engine has a broader torque band and revised engine calibration. Gallery-cooled pistons and higher-energy ignition coils are borrowed from the limited-edition, track-only GT Mk II, which has more than 700 horsepower at $1.2 million.
Additional engine cooling and airflow updates includes new buttress air ducts designed to increase air flow by 50% while larger intercoolers keep charge air temperatures cooler, preserving peak power for high-temperature sessions at the track. Suspension damping is increased in track mode to increase handling and body control, particularly for those high-speed transient sections of closed-course circuits.
Ford Performance is also introducing the premium Akrapovič titanium exhaust as standard equipment for GT. This provides a nine-pound weight savings over the previous system. Newly optional Ford GT Liquid Carbon highlights the GT’s carbon fiber body completely free of paint color. A special clear-coat covers each GT’s unique carbon fiber weave built from a single sheet of carbon finer by Multimatic in Canada. It starts at $750,000 and Ford expects to only sell about 12 of them.
Ford GT Liquid Carbon has carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment. Owners can choose titanium lugnuts, six-point racing harness anchors, five interior options and five caliper colors. Further personalization is available through two stripe options – the dual center stripes offered on the standard Ford GT or the single stripe found on the Carbon Series, as well as optional painted mirror caps. Stripes and mirror caps are available in any of seven standard paint colors as well as the extended color palette.
Ford Performance is also updating GT’s historic 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.
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