Leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems presented a total of eight Ford GT colours at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Detroit section event recently.
Organised at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, the event, sponsored by Axalta, highlighted an iconic American supercar, the Ford GT. Axalta displayed eight GT colour options for the 800-plus engineering professionals in attendance. Axalta’s colours included the five original GT shades, Shadow Black, Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Triple Yellow, and Race Red, as well as three hues designed for the latest edition, Liquid Red, Liquid Blue, and Liquid Gray.
To paint the GT’s renowned carbon fibre body, Ford and Axalta worked together to address challenges inherent to the lightweight material. Observing that carbon fibre was essentially a weave with pits, Axalta Color Marketing Manager Nancy Lockhart explained that they needed a smooth surface to give each GT car a great finish. To achieve this, a special primer, the first layer of coatings to be applied, was employed in the process to dampen the substrate.
Invited to vote for their favourite GT colour, the guests at the event selected Liquid Red as their top choice with 31% of the votes going to this colour, followed by Liquid Blue with 25%, and Matte Black finishing in third place with 12% of the votes.
Lockhart added that the Ford GT on display was Liquid Red, which may have tipped the scales in this colour’s favour. The top three colours, interestingly, accounted for almost 70 percent of all votes.
Image: Axalta dazzles with past and present Ford GT colours