First Look – 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage

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Old GT40 Mark II.

The 2017 Ford GT will be available in a limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 – part of a 1-2-3 Ford GT sweep in the top class at Ferrari’s expense with fourth and fifth places finishes.

New.

New Ford GT.

While Ferrari is returning to the top LMP1 class next year, the Ford racing program is built around running in GT – two classes down in endurance racing.

The Heritage GT has unique interior and exterior color themes, and wheel finish. In other words, a trim package.

There also is no power upgrade for the ~600 horsepower car that will go on sale late in 2016 for roughly $400,000, or more.

“Celebrating the anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the Ford GT,” says 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.”

The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition has a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish (The 1966 #2 winning car was in a brilliant gloss black) with silver stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The car has #2 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clear coat with black lug nuts.

The limited edition – Ford didn’t say how limited interior has carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather, with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching. The seats’ head restraints and the steering wheel have – inevitably –  a Ford GT logo. The instrument panel, pillars and headliner also have an Ebony-leather wrap, with gold appliqués on the instrument panel, the seat’s X-brace and shift paddles. Like the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is leather wrapped.

All-told 500 GTs of various versions are expected to be built for 2017 and 2018. According to insiders they are already sold out and the application process us closed.

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