Evan J. Smith
Freelancer
July 6, 2016
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company upped the ante once again, offering owners of the all-new 2017 Ford GT, a rare opportunity to select from a palate of colors on many areas of the car that will add personalization, pop and performance. According to Ford, “the innovation and technology showcased in the design of the Ford GT is mirrored in the color and material choices for the all-new supercar,” said Barb Whalen, Ford design manager, color and materials.

Owners will expect more than just a sleek design and twin-turbo EcoBoost power—so in order to provide the ultimate supercar experience, Ford designers selected strategic colors options designed to highlight and enhance the aesthetics of the low-slung Ford GT.

“We walked a fine line with the color and materials in this vehicle,” said Whalen, “infusing energy through use of color and balance, while working to ensure the raw appeal of a performance car still shines through. Everything in the all-new Ford GT was intentionally designed to express ultimate performance,” she added.

For instance, the application of carbon fiber, which is often used as a decorative element in performance vehicles, is an actual structural component in the Ford GT. Carbon fiber is used on the instrument panel and to add strength and reduce weight throughout the vehicle. Ford is also offered a variety of exterior colors, plus, as Mustang-360.com previously reported, a trio of Heritage top coating options to celebrate the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans win. Customers can select from gloss, matte or Shadow Black paint to cover the exposed carbon fiber trim. “The options provide for a more personalized look and feel to the car—whether the customer is looking to express a pure appreciation for racing, a solid performance aesthetic, or a more aggressive attitude in general,” Whalen explained.

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Our staff at Mustang-360.com is excited that for the first time, Ford is offering customizable colors on the Brembo brake calipers. The standard six-piston, monobloc anodized black calipers with carbon ceramic rotors, can be upgraded to include Silver, Blue, Orange or Red. But we’re really hoping Ford offers this option on performance models such as the Raptor, Mustang, and Focus ST and RS.

Speaking of weight savings, Ford says the GT’s carbon ceramic rotor discs are exceptionally lightweight—more than 50 percent lighter than similar cast-iron ones. And the actual brake system, which utilizes the application of carbon from Formula One brake discs—is designed for low fluid displacement, which improves pedal feel and stiffness. The Ford GT also uses an integrated brake cooling system that’s optimized by Ford and Brembo to perform under the most severe street and track conditions.

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“The all-new Ford GT represents the pinnacle American supercar,” says Dan Sandberg, president and CEO, Brembo North America. “Likewise, the exceedingly high standards and innovative technology incorporated into our high-performance Brembo brake system will only add to the overall driving enjoyment.”

Ford kept the color theme going in the interior, though color use is kept to subtle applications. It’s used on the GT’s seat backs—a feature that’s visible from outside the car. “And on the passenger side, a matching hue on the two-tier instrument panel creates a visual balance in the tight cabin upon opening the door,” says Whalen. She also added that, “The cabin’s satin finishes and colors intensify as they move toward the passenger side of the car, helping to minimize distraction for the driver.

“Form follows function in the all-new supercar, with no detail overlooked by the designers. The horizontal ribbing on the seats, for example, adds visual width to a narrow space, while the Alcantara fabric covering was chosen both for its upscale feel and lighter weight.”

Helping customers, Ford offers suggested combinations, as this will help coordinate interior and exterior hues and themes on the brake calipers and racing stripes. Eight colors will be offered for the exterior palette, each representing Ford’s racing heritage. One of newest colors is the amazing Liquid Blue, which debuted to a stunned crowd at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “These colors aren’t trendy, because Ford GT isn’t a trendy car,” added Whalen. “It is a classic—a veritable race car for the road.”