If you spent any time on the configurator for the new Ford GT (we’ve spent hours…) you would have noticed the numerous wheel options for the supercar. The ones that caught our attention were the carbon fibre ones and now, more details have been released of the lightweight wheels.
Apart for the body being made of the magic weave, lucky customers (those picked from a Ferrari-esque selection process we should say…) can opt for wheels made of the stuff too for the 600-plus-horsepower supercar. It is the second time Ford is offering carbon fibre wheels on one of its models. The first was the 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang.
The wheels, from Carbon Revolution, have been made using the latest generation of fibre and resin technology. It allows greater design flexibility and should improve the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 Ford GT’s drive and handling characteristics because of their weight savings. They will be made available in two finishes - matte or a glossy clear coat - unlike the Mustang’s black only option. They sure do look a treat and allow the weave to show through – but just imagine curbing one of them. Yes, carbon fibre is very strong and though these wheels are structurally stiffer than the standard 20in supercar-spec 10-spoke forged aluminium alloys, they are – surprise, surprise, far more expensive too. But, those with around Dh1.6 million to splash on the mid-engine Ford will probably throw the extra cash required for the wheels (Ford isn’t sharing the cost of them yet…) which, even though they are the same size, save more than two pounds of unsprung weight in each corner. The Ford GT will be a hoot to drive regardless of which wheels it rides on but if you go with the lighter options, and you happen to be one of the 500 lucky ones, then you’ll likely notice a big difference for they’ll improve steering feel, acceleration and braking.