Ford GT a colourful addition to supercar class

Vivid exteriors, carbon fibre finishes, interiors encourage customization

Published: July 6, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:26 PM

Ford GT showing interior

Ford GT colour and material choices are meant to provide buyers with the opportunity to create a unique presentation of the all-new supercar.

The bright colours themselves are chosen to not only stand the test of time, but also to highlight certain details of the car’s body. Also, some of the vivid colours are shout-outs to Ford’s racing heritage, such as the Liquid Blue that has spent so much time being displayed across different media.

Meanwhile, the different finishes for the carbon-fibre body panels provide distinctive looks (especially in combination with the other colour selections of the new owner), while becoming an integral part of the car, and not just a decorative piece, as it is in some other vehicles. Inside, the carbon fibre trim panels are finished differently than the outside for a warmer feel.

The overall presentation is meant to provide a more personalized look and feel to the car, whether the new owner is showing an appreciation for Ford’s racing heritage or a more aggressive street attitude. There are suggested colour combinations for the exterior, interior and brake calipers, should new buyers want to take advantage of professional coordination.

“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.

“These colors aren’t trendy, because Ford GT isn’t a trendy car,” says Whalen. “It is a classic.”

To that end, the Brembo brake calipers are offered in various colours to complement the exterior colour but also to again further the personalized look. The traditional black calipers can be swapped out for silver, blue, orange and red. Oddly, there is no yellow option, as there are on other current supercar offerings.

Colour inside is actually used sparingly (and even more subdued on the driver’s side to not create a distraction from the road ahead), most evident on seat back panels (which is primarily evident when looking into the vehicle from outside. The colour is matched on the 2-tier instrument panel to create a flow from the outside when the door is open.

Alcantara fabric in the cabin suits a couple purposes — it presents an upscale look, it has a grippier feel to touch points, and it’s lighter.