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Feast your eyes on the new "Liquid Carbon" Ford GT

Feast your eyes on the new "Li...
The 2020 model upgrade for Ford's monster GT supercar brings 660 horsepower and a standard Akrapovic exhaust
The 2020 model upgrade for Ford's monster GT supercar brings 660 horsepower and a standard Akrapovic exhaust
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The Liquid Carbon Ford GT
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The Liquid Carbon Ford GT
Clear-coated carbon will never not be hot
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Clear-coated carbon will never not be hot
New cooling intakes in the flying buttresses help keep the engine cooler
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New cooling intakes in the flying buttresses help keep the engine cooler
The 2020 Ford GT gets a small horsepower boost over last year's model
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The 2020 Ford GT gets a small horsepower boost over last year's model
Newly available Ford GT Liquid Carbon places an emphasis on GT’s lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body
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Newly available Ford GT Liquid Carbon places an emphasis on GT’s lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body
A cheeky peek at the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost motor
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A cheeky peek at the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost motor
Clearcoated carbon weave
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Clearcoated carbon weave
The 2020 model upgrade for Ford's monster GT supercar brings 660 horsepower and a standard Akrapovic exhaust
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The 2020 model upgrade for Ford's monster GT supercar brings 660 horsepower and a standard Akrapovic exhaust
Liquid Carbon special edition gets carbon wheels to boot
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Liquid Carbon special edition gets carbon wheels to boot
Clear-coated carbon everything, that's the way we like it
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Clear-coated carbon everything, that's the way we like it
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Ford has announced a series of upgrades to the 2020 model of its very tasty GT supercar, including a power boost up to 660 horsepower, standard Akrapovic exhausts, and this beautiful, extravagant Liquid Carbon edition, complete with carbon wheels.

Granted, it's not a truckload of extra power; the 2017-2019 model only drew 13 fewer peak horses out of its 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. But peak power, as easy a figure as it may be to boast about, is really more relevant to racetracks than road driving, and the "broader torque band" Ford says it's created for the 2020 model is likely to be much more noticeable when you plant a boot. Either way there's no word yet on whether this upgrade will raise the old model's 216 mph (348 km/h) top speed.

The engine gets some 50 percent more airflow through its cooling system thanks to new vents built into those outrageous flying buttresses reaching back from the roof, a design feature that will never stop making us gasp and drool, no matter how many times we've seen it used. There are bigger intercoolers, too, meaning temperature is better controlled when you're flogging the living daylights out of it in a sustained fashion.

New cooling intakes in the flying buttresses help keep the engine cooler
New cooling intakes in the flying buttresses help keep the engine cooler

Akrapovic has built a name as one of the best-known and most performance-focused premium aftermarket exhaust companies in the market, and these Slovenian wizards have contributed a titanium exhaust system to the standard fitment of the 2020 GT. It's 9 lb (4 kg) lighter than the old car's exhaust, and you just know it's gonna sound amazing.

But really the big news here is cosmetic. Car lovers are carbon lovers, and while the resurrected GT has always used plenty of carbon, particularly in the passenger cell and bodywork, it seems the company felt it hadn't made a big enough deal out of it. So, starting in 2020, you'll be able to buy your GT in a limited edition Liquid Carbon finish that's basically just clear coat straight onto the weave. You'll get carbon wheels, too, which will reduce unsprung weight and actually help your suspension performance.

But enough chit-chat, it's photos you want, and it's photos you shall have. Jump into the gallery for a closer look.

Source: Ford

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9 comments
Nobody
Too many wrinkles, scoops and fins.
foxpup
...for rich BatMan wanna-be's
Gizzy Magpie
Never enough wrinkles, scoops, and fins.
David V
@Gizzy Magpie - totally agree.
Love the article starting with a rear view of the car too. Good choice there. Whilst the front is pretty classic GT, the back with the raised foil is pure beauty. I think I'd drive it in reverse down the street.
They've managed to stay close to the 1968 GT in spirit with the central exhausts but this is seriously sexy.
Still prefer the classic GT40...
genegough
Beautiful!
ljaques
Just gorgeous! I've loved every Ford GT car since the Sixties. Bloody 'ell, though, as I'm $750k shy.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is way cool looking. I think it is a worthy successor to the first GT40.
buzzclick
Ford should make an edition for the gay crowd. They could call it the LBGT40. lol
Grunchy
So where does the trailer hitch go?
These guys aren't thinking.