Ford surprised everyone today with a refreshed version of their mid-engine Ford GT supercar for the 2022 model year, and while the performance upgrades are great, it’s the insane Liquid Carbon option that had everyone buzzing.
The newly available Liquid Carbon option shows off the GT’s lightweight sculpted carbon fiber body completely free of paint color, with a special clearcoat applied to the full carbon fiber body. You can also add a splash of color by adding one of two optional stripe options, along with painted mirror caps. Carbon fiber wheels come standard, and owners can choose from five interior options and five caliper colors.
But the updates to the 2022 Ford GT go well beyond the surface. Ford engineers managed to squeeze an extra 13 horsepower out of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, for a total of 660 horsepower. Mechanical upgrades include gallery-cooled pistons and higher energy ignition coils. Airflow to the engine has also been increased by 50% thanks to new buttress air ducts, allowing for a broader torque curve throughout the rpm range.
Ford Performance is also updating GT’s iconic heritage 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 to 6 for 2022, 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.
“Our team is very focused on delivering a car that exceeds customer expectations,” said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. “The black pinstripe and carbon fiber wheels have been highly requested with the Gulf livery, so we committed to making that happen.”
While a Ford spokesperson wouldn’t release exact pricing details, they said that the price has increased to “approximately $500,000”. As for the Liquid Carbon variant (of which only 12 will be built each year), Ford says those will start at around $750,000. That’s insanely expensive, even for a supercar.