Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
The Ford GT recently won its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, fittingly besting Ferrari. This happened 50 years after the Ford GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon managed a victory in the legendary 24 hour race. The win was part of a 1-2-3 podium sweep.
In doing so Ford had beaten Ferrari which was no easy task at the time. Because of this the Ford GT40 is know as the “Ferrari Killer”. To commemorate the 1966 victory the American automaker is releasing the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition.
“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 ’66 Heritage Edition features a black with silver striped design that matches the livery of the 1966 Le Mans winning number 2 car. The styling even includes the Frozen White number 2 graphics on the hood a doors. The paint finish is offered in either gloss or matte. To set off the exterior look 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clearcoat with black lug nuts are placed on the special GT.
Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car, says the team set out to highlight where it all started with the Ford GT. “While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car,” he says, “we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.”
Inside the limited edition you find carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather. The head supports on the seats and the steering wheel feature the Ford GT logo. Ebony leather wraps the instrument panel, pillars and headliner. With gold on the seat’s X-brace and the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. In honor of the 1966 car the steering wheel is leather wrapped and the seat belts feature a unique blue webbing.
Ford hasn’t announced what production will be limited to or the price, but expect more details in the coming weeks.