Ford is paying homage to one of its greatest victories and one of its most iconic vehicles with a brand new 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage edition. The new performance vehicle celebrates the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford vehicle driven by racing legends Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, and Ford’s recent win in the 2016 Le Mans race.
The GT ’66 Heritage Edition, which goes on sale in 2017, has the distinct look of the vehicle driven in the grueling 1966 Le Mans race, with some updated design cues and brand new performance features.
New Features, Vintage Styling
The 2017 GT’s ’66 Heritage Edition will be powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that will put out around 600 horsepower – about 100 more horsepower than the GT40’s 7.0 liter V8 engine produced in 1966. The vehicle also modernizes with a new light-as-a-feather carbon fiber chassis.
The 2017 GT’s ’66 Heritage Edition will feature a graphics package reminiscent of the design of the 1966 GT40. The vehicle will be available in either matte or gloss black paint, and will have silver stripes and No. 2 decals on its doors and hood. The vehicle also sports a gold clear coat finish on its wheels, and the gold clear coat is also applied to its shift paddles and seat accents. The vintage look of the vehicle is completed by its leather-wrapped steering wheel and blue seatbelts.
The ’66 Heritage Edition will only be available for the 2017 Ford GT. As Ford only makes 250 GTs per year, only a handful of Heritage editions are likely to be made. The price for the Heritage Edition will be around $400,000.
Spirit of ‘66
1966 was a banner year for Ford. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford vehicles clenched the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 positions in the final results. 1966 was the first year that an American car company had won the renowned Le Mans race.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an endurance race in which driving teams drive their vehicles for 24 hours around a route in Le Mans, France, balancing the need for speed with avoiding mechanical damage during the race. The Le Mans is considered one of the world’s most prestigious races and has been held since 1923, with breaks for a strike and a 10-year hiatus during World War II.
The race is held each June in grueling heat, and drivers typically cover more than 3,100 miles in laps around the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Ford commemorated its big triumph in ’66 with a win at Le Mans in 2016.
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