Fifty years ago Ford brought home the gold at Le Mans. Now the automaker will release a special, limited-edition, appearance package for the all-new 2017 GT model to honor that victory. (Ford isn’t saying exactly what limited means.)
The model is a tribute to the 1966 victory with driver Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon behind the wheel of the classic GT40 Mark II. The GT40 took first place, with two other Ford GTs taking second and third in a historic 1-2-3 sweep of the podium.
Designers say they wanted the special edition model to highlight where it all started with the No. 2 GT40, while also giving the all-new supercar some more modern styling tweaks.
The new Ford GT ’66 Heritage package comes in Shadow Black. The driver can decide between a matte or gloss finish. The racing heritage shines through with exposed carbon fiber and two silver racing stripes. The iconic Frozen White #2 symbol stamps the hood and side doors. The wheels brings on the gold factor with special 20-inch rims done in a gold satin finish.
Slip inside the limited-edition racing machine to sporty carbon-fiber black leather seats. The headliner is also wrapped in leather. The instrument panel, X-brac and shift paddles are all accented with gold. Plus, it also comes with a unique serialized identification plate.
The ‘66 Heritage package won’t be around long and only in a limited number on 2017 models. That makes sense since the package celebrates the 50th birthday of the race.
The 2017 GT gets a projection of over 600 horsepower with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
By the way, the Ford GT tried to repeat history with a 1-2-3 sweep at this year’s 2016 Le Mans, but couldn’t. Ford GT No. 68 won the top spot, but the GT team lost the second one to rival Ferrari.