Ford has announced the Limited-edition Ford GT Heritge theme, honoring the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The special-liveried Ford GT GT40 Mark UV will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.
The Ford GT is one of the top brass Ford Performance vehicles, alongside the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.
“In creating a worthy successor to the ’66 Heritage edition, we logically looked at our next historic Le Mans victory with the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition pays homage to that win, with a modern take on one of the most important vehicles in Ford’s storied history of racing.”
The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition features a gloss-finish Race Red exterior with white stripes and exposed carbon package. The car sports Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in silver satin clearcoat with black wheel nuts. Red callipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.
The interior features new leather trimming for the carbon fibre seats, with red accent stitching, which carries over to the steering wheel. The seat belt webbing is now red and the paddle shifters are anodised grey. Satin dark stainless appliqués are used on the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace.
Each ’67 Heritage edition car also features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fibre door sills, air register pods and center console.
“The first Heritage edition car was a huge success, honoring our history with a modern interpretation of the Le Mans winner,” said Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car. “Continuing with a Ford GT based on the winning GT40 Mark IV race car was simply something we needed to do.”
The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition is available in limited quantities and configurable at FordGT.com
Previously, the other limited-edition Ford GT announced by the Blue Oval was the all-carbon fiber version.
In looks, the 2016 Ford G T all-carbon fiber is a step-up of the previous generation’s GT. Featuring advanced lightweight composites and broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT is slated to be one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production sports car. Furthermore, aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and stability. From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to reduce drag and optimize downforce. To the rear, an active spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminium front and rear sub-frames encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres and encircled with carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The all-carbon fiber Ford GT takes up a narrow-profile canopy which reduces frontal area to cap a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit (fixed) is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell.
In addition, an F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalk-less steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.
The rear-wheel drive GT supercar boasts the most powerful EcoBoost production mid-mounted 3.5-liter engine ever. The powerplant on the GT is the next-generation twin-turbocharged V6 that’s capable of producing more than 600 horsepower.