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Ford GT pays homage to race-winning GT40

Special edition 2017 model will carry #2 in black and silver livery

Published: June 28, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: July 7, 2016, 3:00 PM

2017 Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition

So everybody knows that the Ford GT made its way back to Le Mans after a half century of the first racing success of the GT40 there, but in case you didn’t, Ford is creating a special heritage edition to mark the occasion.

Le Mans winning Ford GT40 Mk II

The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will come in unique black-with-silver livery to honour the #2 1966 GT40 Mk II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. It will also feature an exclusive interior colour scheme and be a one-time deal on the 2017 model year car.

“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.”

The exterior is Shadow Black (in glossy or matte finish) with silver stripes, in keeping with the original’s race livery. The exposed carbon fibre pieces are not, though, nor are the number graphics (except for their relative positioning on the body) in contrasting Frozen White. The 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels are painted gold satin clearcoat and fastened to the chassis with black lugnuts.

The interior is done up in Ebony leather upholstery and matching trim panels (instrument panel and roof liner) with contrast stitching where it’s needed, and gold appliques on the instrument panel, seats’ X-braces and the shift paddles.

The seats and steering wheel feature the GT logo and the seatbelts have a blue webbing. The vents and centre console are exposed carbon fibre, as are the door sills (in matte finish). The finishing touches are the #2 on the interior door trim and the traditional series ID plaque.

“While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car, we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation,” says Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager.

The car will available in limited quantities, with deliveries starting early in 2017. It can be configured in the car configurator on Ford.com.