New Ford GT Heritage Edition Pays Tribute To 1996 GT40 Daytona 24 Hour Winner

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2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition

Ford is building just 40 Ford GT Heritage Editions which are inspired by the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental winning Ford GT40 Mk II’s driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby. The GT40 MK II race cars swept the podiums in 1996 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, all of which was brought back to life in the 2019 feature film “Ford V. Ferrari”.

“Miles and Ruby led nearly every lap of the 24-hour race and outpaced the competition by 30 miles,” said said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. “The win was the first time anyone had threatened Ferrari’s dominance in sports car racing and represented a turning point in the Ford GT race program.”

2021 marks the 55th anniversary since the epic race when Ford achieved its first 24-hour endurance win. The 40 cars will be built during the 2021 and 2022 model years. Deliveries of the 2021 model year 660 hp Ford GTs will begin in early 2021, with Ford GT production wrapping up in 2022. The Ford GT is the only American supercar to win the 24 Hour of Le Mans.

“For this Heritage Edition, the Ford Performance team went deeper into the Ford GT’s race history and crafted a limited-edition model that stylistically honors the 55th anniversary of the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race that would eventually lead to our successes at Le Mans,” said Severson. “Plus, for customers who want to highlight the carbon-fiber body and functional cooling ducts that help deliver Le Mans-winning performance, the Ford GT Studio Collection offers another new way GT fans can personalize their supercars.”

Inspired by the bold white, black and red exterior of the 1966 endurance-winning Ford GT40 MK II race car, the new 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition features Frozen White exterior paint with exposed carbon fiber hood. Asymmetrical Race Red accents on the front fascia and roof edge, driver’s side door and underneath the rear wing add distinct visuals, while exposed carbon fiber shapes the signature 98 roundel graphics and speak to the supercar’s lightweight body. Unique Ford graphics on the lower rear-quarter panels plus one-piece Heritage Gold 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels paired with red lacquered Brembo monoblock brake calipers complete this new exterior livery.
Inside, the lightweight driver-centric interior features unique appointments including black Alcantara suede wrapping the instrument panel, headliner and steering wheel rim, while anodized red paddle shifters and red Alcantara suede performance seats add dramatic contrast to the interior. For customers looking for an even bolder look, an optional Heritage Upgrade Package includes 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels with a unique gloss red-painted inner accent barrel, while monoblock brake calipers are lacquered in black and detailed with Brembo lettering in red.
Its unique exterior graphics package was born of a design collaboration between Ford Performance and Ford GT manufacturer, Multimatic based in Markham, Ontario. It reflects the input of Garen Nicoghosian, Multimatic design head, who has worked on the Ford GT program since its genesis.

“The combination of the stripes and accents invokes the emotion of speed and draws your eye to some of the most prominent features of the GT,” said Nicoghosian. “The fuselage, buttresses and signature features on the headlights provide visual anchors for the graphics, guiding your eye across the vehicle.”