GT Pays Homage: The Limited-Run Heritage Edition Unveiled
Fewer than 50 are expected to be built
The Ford GT will be discontinued next year, and in honor of the 1964 GT40 prototypes that produced a series of Le Mans victories, Ford has introduced a limited run of a GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition.
The 2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition supercar is a tribute to the Ford GT prototypes from 1964 that resulted in America’s lone Le Mans winner, with victories in 1966, 1969, and 2016.
The Ford GT Heritage Edition is a contemporary take on the original, with modern touches like blue suede seats and carbon fiber wheels, as well as classic Ford features like a triple racing stripe with Wimbledon White paint.
The design inspiration for the ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition comes from the GT/105, the only GT40 prototype that’s survived with the right livery. This was on exhibit beside the new vehicle during Monterey Car Week.
The original GT prototypes
Ford started building its own racing vehicle in 1963 with the goal of winning Le Mans and (perhaps more importantly) defeating Ferrari. The first Ford GT prototype, which is known as chassis GT/101, was shown at the New York International Auto Show less than a year later.
They constructed five prototypes, marking the first time Ford used advanced aerodynamics to improve performance at high speeds. These could be considered Ford’s most important vehicles, laying the groundwork for the company’s GT program, which culminated in a sweep of the podium at the 1966 Le Mans. The vehicles represent Ford’s pioneering engineering, which continues to this day.
The only Ford GT prototype constructed to endure and wear the correct livery is chassis GT/105.
Why? After crash testing at Monza and Le Mans, the GT/101 and GT/102 chassis were discarded, although that testing was crucial in making substantial upgrades to the following three models.
GT/103, driven by Lloyd Ruby and Ken Miles, won the inaugural GT race at Daytona in 1965, while GT/104, driven by Ritchie Ginther and Bob Bondurant, finished third. Both the GT/103 and GT/104 are on display at the Boulder, Colorado Shelby Museum as one-of-a-kind exhibits.
The Heritage Editions
The new limited edition joins five previous Heritage Edition Ford GTs in a long line of tribute vehicles, each honoring a significant event in the GT40’s history. But this marks the first Heritage Edition GT from Ford to celebrate more than just racing victories. This one travels back in time and pays homage to the first Ford supercars.
The ‘64 Prototype Heritage Edition maintains the very same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 651bhp as the regular vehicle, with no mechanical modifications. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels alone, and the GT features a carbon fiber chassis with pushrod suspension for optimum track performance.
A carbon-fiber beauty
Carbon fiber lower A-pillars, door sills, and center console, as well as carbon-fiber seats in Lightspeed Blue, continue the significant usage of carbon fiber on the interior. Ebony leather and the same Alcantara color are used on the instrument panel. Polished metal paddle shifters are attached to an Ebony leather steering wheel, with Antimatter Blue accents on the instrument panel, door cards, and seat bracing.
Ford’s continuing innovation
Most of us don’t have the money to spring for one of these limited-edition GT models, and it’s expected that fewer than 50 limited edition ’64 Prototype GTs will be built. But we can still get all the benefits of Ford innovation by choosing an Itasca Ford dealership brimming with new and used Ford trucks for sale and a world-class Ford service center.
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