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Ford Announces ’66 Heritage Edition Ford GT to celebrate Historic 1966 Le Mans Winner
Limited Edition 2017 Ford GT will feature unique paint, loads of carbon fiber and racing numbers
Just one week after winning the GTE class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford announced the street version of the 2017 Ford GT will be available with a limited-edition theme honoring the 1966 Le Mans race-winning GT40 Mark II of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. The historical win marked Ford’s first at Le Mans (Ford also won in 1967, 1968 and 1969), with McLaren and Amon leading a historic 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep in 1966. To commemorate the win, the 2017 Ford GT will feature a specially designed interior and unique exterior color themes.
“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.”
While the race-winning 1966 Ford GT40 was blue with white stripes, Ford went modern with the all-new Heritage Edition GT. It will feature a Shadow Black paint with either gloss or matte finish, silver stripes, and a very impressive carbon fiber package. To complete the race look, each GT will be fitted with Frozen White #2 hood and door graphics and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clear coat with black lug nuts.
On the inside, owners will experience carbon-fiber seats wrapped in Ebony leather, with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching. In addition, the instrument panel, pillars and headliner also feature the Ebony-leather wrap, with gold appliqués on the instrument panel, the seat’s X-brace, and shift paddles. The “Ford GT” logos have been removed from the steering wheel. And like the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is leather wrapped, with seat belts featuring a unique blue webbing.
Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the Ford GT, says the team set out to highlight where it all started. “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.” Completing the ’66 Heritage Edition Ford GT package will be a serialized identification plate, the #2 interior door graphic, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods, and center console.”
There’s no doubt the recent win at Le Mans adds instant cred to the street version, especially considering that it won on the 50th Anniversary of the first victory. With this, the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will be limited to the 2017 model year only and likely to be offered to those who’ve been offered the chance to purchase one of these instant classics. Ford fans can view the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition at FordGT.com using the configuration tool.