Ford will offer its new GT with carbon fiber wheels to help the car save weight.
This will be the second Ford vehicle after the Shelby GT350R to offer carbon fiber wheels, an upgrade that helps to save unsprung wheel weight and add structural stiffness. Each carbon fiber wheel saves a little more than two pounds compared to the GT’s standard forged aluminum wheels.
Unlike the Shelby GT350R, the GT’s wheels will offer two finish options: a matte finish or glossy clearcoat. Each will allow the carbon fiber weave to be shown off, complementing the other exposed carbon fiber seen on the car’s sills, fascias and heat extractors.
Reducing the weight of the wheels helps the suspension keep the tire in contact with the road while also improving steering feel and noise, vibration and harshness.
Just 500 GTs will be built over the new two years with 250 available in 2016 and the other half coming in 2017. Each customer will have the choice to order the carbon fiber wheels, though Ford did not release pricing.