Ford design teams call designing the new GT Heritage Edition a dream come true.
Ford released details about the GT ’66 special edition honoring the car’s racing history last month. Now, a Ford designer is talking about the thought process going into the car in a new video. Basically, it gives us a really cool look back through the history of the ’66 Le Mans winner, the GT40 Mark II.
The limited edition model (though exact details of how limited remain unknown) pays tribute to the GT’s 1966 Le Mans victory. Driver Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon took home the gold in the race fifty years ago. They drove the now classic GT40 Mark II. Two other Ford GTs took second and third in the historic 1-2-3 sweep of the podium.
Designers say they wanted the special edition to highlight where it all started with the No. 2 GT40. But they also wanted to give 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.