It’s been little over a week since the Ford GT40 won its class at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France. That in itself is a massive achievement. But, the fact it happened exactly 50 years after the GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon (it was followed by the GT40 of Ken Miles and Denis Hulme and the GT40 driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson) took the checkered flag back in 1966 is incredible. So, to celebrate both of these triumphs, Ford is going to be introducing a ‘66 Heritage Edition of the Ford GT – and it is a beauty.
Remember, Ford will be making just 250 of the supercars per year which makes this new special edition even rarer – and it will only be available for the 2017 model year. It has been painted Shadow Black (customers can opt for a gloss or matte finish) and it features a silver-stripe livery along with exclusive race-number graphics (it has "#2" on the bonnet and on the doors in a colour called Frozen White) but the carbon fibre parts of the car's body will be left exposed. It will ride on a set of 20in one-piece forged aluminium wheels which have been finished in a gold satin clear-coat with black lug nuts.
If you think the exterior is striking, the cabin is just as fetching. It packs carbon-fibre seats wrapped in Ebony leather with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching (mimicking the ’66 race car) while the head rests and steering wheel features the Ford GT logo. As for the instrument panel, pillars, and headliner they are all wrapped in Ebony leather with gold appliques – and even the seat belts get unique blue webbing. There’s also a serialised identification plate, #2 interior door graphic, and exposed matte carbon fibre door sills.
“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,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president of product development and chief technical officer.
The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition will be available in limited quantities and if you like what you see, you had better log onto Ford’s website and get applying for it. If you’re selected, we don’t envy you. At all…