The Ford GT, America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar, today will add to its lineup the first-ever Heritage Edition inspired by the original model’s first endurance win at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race.
In addition, Ford is introducing an all-new Studio Collection package for the GT that offers even more design enhancements.
The latest Heritage Edition to join the Ford GT supercar family is a tribute to the winner of the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental, where Ford achieved its first 24-hour endurance win, which is captured in the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari” – or “Le Mans ’66,” as it is known in Europe.
“For this Heritage Edition, the Ford Performance team went deeper into the Ford GT’s race history and crafted a limited-edition model that stylistically honors the 55th anniversary of the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race that would eventually lead to our successes at Le Mans,” says Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager.
“Plus, for customers who want to highlight the carbon-fiber body and functional cooling ducts that help deliver Le Mans-winning performance, the Ford GT Studio Collection offers another new way GT fans can personalize their supercars.”
Co-drivers Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby led a 1-2-3-5 Ford domination at Daytona, kicking off a magical season for the Ford GT40 MK II, with additional 1-2-3 wins at Sebring and Le Mans. The Heritage Edition is the first to feature a livery famous for a race other than Le Mans.
“Miles and Ruby led nearly every lap of the 24-hour race and outpaced the competition by 30 miles,” says Severson. “The win was the first time anyone had threatened Ferrari’s dominance in sports car racing and represented a turning point in the Ford GT race program.”
Inspired by the white, black, and red exterior of the 1966 endurance-winning Ford GT40 MK II race car, the new 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition features Frozen White exterior paint with exposed carbon fiber hood adding stark contrast.
Asymmetrical Race Red accents on the front fascia and roof edge, driver’s side door and underneath the rear wing add distinctive visuals, while exposed carbon fiber shapes the signature 98 roundel graphics and speak to the supercar’s lightweight body.
Unique Ford graphics on the lower rear-quarter panels plus one-piece Heritage Gold 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels paired with red lacquered Brembo monoblock brake calipers complete the new exterior livery.
Inside, the lightweight driver-centric interior features unique appointments including black Alcantara suede wrapping the instrument panel, headliner, and steering wheel rim, while anodized red paddle shifters and red Alcantara suede performance seats add contrast to the interior.
For customers looking for a bolder look, an optional Heritage Upgrade Package includes 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels with a unique gloss red-painted inner accent barrel, while monoblock brake calipers are lacquered in black and detailed with Brembo lettering in red.
Inside, ghosted 98 roundels provide a subtle contrast on both driver and passenger carbon fiber door panels of this this package.
Ford Performance also pulled the wraps off an exclusive series new to the supercar lineup, the Ford GT Studio Collection. This all-new graphics package with customizable colors highlights key styling elements, including the functional cooling ducts that helps the 2021 Ford GT deliver all 660 horsepower during the most strenuous, high-temperature sessions at the track.
Its unique exterior graphics package was born of a design collaboration between Ford Performance and Ford GT manufacturer, Multimatic. It reflects the input of Garen Nicoghosian, Multimatic design head, who has worked on the Ford GT program since its genesis.
“The combination of the stripes and accents invokes the emotion of speed and draws your eye to some of the most prominent features of the GT,” said Nicoghosian. “The fuselage, buttresses and signature features on the headlights provide visual anchors for the graphics, guiding your eye across the vehicle.”
Only 40 cars are slated to receive the Studio Collection package across the 2021 and 2022 model years. The body and graphics can be customized with seven standard colors or further personalized with an extended palette offering endless color combinations for even greater exclusivity.
Deliveries of the 2021 model year Ford GT begin in early 2021, with Ford GT production wrapping up in 2022.
In Related News, Ford today debuted the 2021 Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, and the 2021 Ford Bronco SUV family of vehicles, in New York City today in conjunction with the company ringing the bell to open trading day on Wall Street. Tim Stone, Ford’s CFO, represented Ford Motor Co. as the honorary opening-bell ringer just before 9:30 a.m.
The 2021 F-150 features new connected vehicle innovations such as over-the-air updates and an available all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid powertrain with Pro Power Onboard – an integrated power generator.
In July, the company unveiled all-new versions of the Ford Bronco – reimagined as a new outdoor brand with an all-4×4 family that includes Bronco two-door and first-ever Bronco four-door models plus the smaller Bronco Sport. Response to the return of Bronco has been unprecedented, with record visits to Ford.com and total reservations for the Bronco two- and four-door models exceeding 165,000 in less than a month.
Like the F-150, Bronco two- and four-door models will be assembled in America at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. Across all its products, Ford said it employs more hourly workers and assembles more vehicles in the U.S. than any other manufacturer. Overall, Ford has around 188,000 employees.
The all-new F-150 will be available to customers this fall. Bronco will come off the line next spring.