The past is as much an inspiration for cars as the future. For Ford, the next GT is all about remembering a legend. They will launch the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Edition to honor the GT40 Mark II that Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren drove to victory at the 1966 Le Mans. The car was part of Ford’s historic 1-2-3 podium sweep with only the Ford GT.
According to Raj Nair, Ford’s Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Product Development, celebrating the anniversaries of Ford’s most historic landmark victories was always a part of going back to the Ford GT. The Heritage Edition is their tribute to the car which started off Ford’s multiple Le Mans victories from 1966.
The car will feature a Shadow Black exterior in either matte or gloss finish, with silver stripes and an exposed carbon fiber package. The Heritage Edition also comes with Frozen White #2 door and hood graphics along with 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels finished in black lug nuts and a gorgeous gold satin clearcoat.
Inside, the limited edition model sports carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather, with plow-through stitching and pillowed inserts. The seats’ head restraints along with the steering wheel have the Ford GT logo.
The headliner, instrument panel, and pillars also come with an Ebony leather wrap; with the instrument panel having gold appliqués together with the shift paddles and the seats’ X-brace.
Similar to the Le Mans winning car the steering wheel is wrapped in leather and the seat belts feature a distinct blue webbing. The car also comes with air register pods and center console, exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, the #2 interior door graphic and a unique serialized identification plate. The result is a fascinating blend of originality and nostalgia.
Only a limited number of the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will be sold and for the 2017 model year alone.