The Ford GT ‘66 Heritage Edition has been unveiled, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company’s historic 1-2-3 cleansweep of the 1966 Le Mans race.
Only months after the ‘standard’ Ford GT’s order books opened – and closed – in left-hand-drive markets only, the company has released a special edition of its all-new supercar to commemorate 50 years since it took out a 1-2-3 sweep of the Le Mans event in 1966.
Sporting a unique black with silver-stripe livery, and No.2 hood and door graphics, the limited edition of Ford’s new supercar pays tribute to the trio of GT40 Mark IIs that took the podium at Le Mans in 1966 – with GT40 No.2 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon taking first place.
Above: 1966 Ford GT40 race car
Customers are offered the choice of gloss- or matte-finish Shadow Black exterior paint, with silver stripes and exposed carbon-fibre highlights – inspired by the livery worn by the GT40 race cars.
The special GT’s wheels are 20-inch one-piece forged items finished in a gold satin clearcoat with black wheel nuts – again harking back to the colour scheme of the 1966 Le Mans racer.
Inside, the Ford GT ‘66 Heritage Edition features carbon-fibre seats upholstered in black leather with pillowed inserts. The headrests and steering wheel are embossed with the ‘GT’ logo.
The black leather trim extends to the instrument panel, pillars and headliner, with gold highlights on the instrument panel, seat X-brace and on the shift paddles.
Also inspired by the 1966 race car is the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and blue seat belts.
Greg Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car, said: “While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car, we’ve accentuated the design cues to provide a modern interpretation”.
Rounding out the limited edition’s unique features are a serialised identification plate, the No.2 interior door graphic, along with the exposed matte carbon-fibre finish on the door sills, air-vent surrounds and on the centre console.
Otherwise, the limited-edition special is mechanically identical to the base car, powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engine, which according to the Forza Motorsport 6 video game, produces around 470kW of power and 731Nm. Ford has remained tight-lipped on the exact output of the car.
Ford says that the GT ‘66 Heritage Edition will be available in limited numbers for the 2017 model-year only.
Unfortunately for Australia and other right-hand drive markets, the new Ford GT is only being made as a left-hook proposition, after the company decided that the RHD business case didn’t stack up.
In the US, the Ford GT is believed to start around the low US$400,000 ($540,000) mark before options, taxes and other government fees.
Built by external parts and engineering firm, Multimac, deliveries of the new Ford GT are expected to commence at the end of this year.