Ford chose that moment of history as an inspiration for the 2017 Ford GT version and created a limited edition called Heritage Edition.
The new car from Ford is the dream car for many, but especially so for all fans of the Le Mans race. However, to buy such a model the interested customers have to wait until next year. In the meantime they could try to make a reservation because the new Ford GT Heritage Edition will be available in a limited edition.
The changes are entirely aesthetical and start with the black paint, Black Shadow, which can be chosen in a matte or gloss finish, with streaks of silver and carbon fiber. The 20-inch wheels are made of aluminum in one piece and painted golden with added black. This color makes its appearance on the inside too, on the control panel, safety belt, and pedals.
The winner of the Le Mans in 1966 was the GT No. 2 car, driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. Now, 50 years later, the homage car has graphics that contains the number 2 on both the hood and the door. This hallmark can be found on the interior door panels and on the unique identification plate too.
Inside all copies of this limited edition contain carbon fiber seats, wrapped in Ebony leather with different inserts and stitching. Both headrests and steering wheel are emblazoned with the GT logo. Also, the dashboard and the pillars are coated with Ebony leather which has golden decorations.
Like the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is covered with leather, and the seat belts have a unique blue fabric too. Matte carbon fiber is present in the cabin and can be found on the doors and center console too.
Yet, those who want to take possession of such a limited edition copy cannot just reserve one, but they have to configure it via the Ford GT configurator, found on the official website of the company.
The 2017 Ford GT is powered by a V6 TwinTurbo engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters, about which is said to produce 600 horsepower, which is 100 hp more than the V8 engine with a displacement of 7.0 liters mounted on the model 40 years ago. In addition, the current car has a chassis from carbon fiber which at that time was unthinkable.
Ford GT 66 Heritage Edition will be available as a 2017model year and will probably be done in very limited edition, seeing the annual Ford GT production is just 250 units.
“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.”