Issue: Jul 2016


Ford GT Color, Material Choices Are Intentional & Purposeful



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.

by James Hilton

Ford designers used color strategically throughout to highlight areas of innovation and to enhance the aesthetic of efficiency and performance.

 

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

 

The application of carbon fiber – traditionally used as a decorative element in performance vehicles – is employed as a structural component in the Ford GT, and serves as a visual anchor of the supercar’s lightweight construction.

 

In the cabin, carbon fiber is visible across the instrument panel, while different top coating options for the exterior allow customers to choose 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.

 

For the first time at Ford, color combinations include customizable Brembo brake calipers. In addition to the standard six-piston, monobloc anodized black calipers with carbon ceramic rotors, upgrades include Silver, Blue, Orange and Red.

 

Ford GT’s carbon ceramic discs are exceptionally lightweight – more than 50 percent lighter than similar cast-iron ones. The brake system – which derives its technology from the application of carbon in Formula One brake discs – is designed for low fluid displacement, which improves pedal feel and stiffness. The integrated cooling system has been optimized by Ford and Brembo to perform brilliantly under various conditions.

 

“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.”

 

Throughout the interior, color is used sparingly, subtly making its way onto the car’s seat backs – a feature visible from the outside. 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.

 

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.

 

Suggested color combinations and themes are available to coordinate interior and exterior hues, brake calipers and racing stripes. The exterior palette offers eight bright colors – a nod to Ford’s racing heritage. One of these is luscious Liquid Blue, a color that debuted to much buzz at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

 

“These colors aren’t trendy, because Ford GT isn’t a trendy car,” says Whalen. “It is a classic – a veritable race car for the road.”



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