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9 March 2017

How is the new Ford GT similar to your phone?

By Tom WhiteTom White
  • The Ford GT in Competition Series spec. The Ford GT in Competition Series spec.
  • The Ford GT in Competition Series spec. The Ford GT in Competition Series spec.
  • Ford calls this colour scheme "launch control" Ford calls this colour scheme "launch control"

The 2017 Ford GT just scored a Competiton Series for the very few people that will ever get their hands on one.

Needless to say, we doubt we'll ever see any in Australia. To explain why this car is significant you only need to look at the spec sheet for a brief second.

Here is a list of parts that are now made of exposed carbon-fibre: The door sills, the entire centre console, the seats, the wheels, the gloss stripe across the bonnet, mirror caps, A-pillars. You get the idea. 

It contains more carbon-fibre lightweight goodness than you can point an ultra-lightweight, racing spec stick at. This car has one thing in mind over the normal GT and it's clipping those lap times.

Oh and remember when 'lightweight' meant your windows were made of perspex making it look like you were driving a really expensive replica? No more. The Competition Series' windscreen is made of Gorilla Glass. The same hybrid resin material developed for lightweight but hardy phone screens that need to be safe when cracked.

It's a brilliant, if a little expensive, idea... although if you think it looks dorky to have a cracked phone screen, imagine how lame it'll look driving around with a cracked Ford GT windscreen.

Ford GT. Does the ultra-limited production of this car make it that much more special? Or is it kind of a bummer that most people won't even see one? Tell us what you think.