The 1966 Le Mans race winner was a GT40 Mark II model which was driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.
In order to commemorate the historic event, Ford has launched the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage edition.
The model is completely inspired and geared towards personifying the race winners of the past. A touch of nostalgia can be found in every aspect of the model including the unique black finish and the silver stripe livery. Silver is hardly a sign of fashion in modern times. However, it was the most popular choice for race cars in the past which Ford has brought to life one more time. The special Heritage Edition is uniquely different with new interior colors, models and graphics inspired by the Le Mans race.
Talking about the launch, Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president of product development said, “We have always followed the tradition when making a new Ford GT and it marks the historic victories the brand accomplished at the Le Mans racing circuit. It is a moment of pride for everyone here. The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a tribute to the series of victories Ford witnessed at the Le Mans race in the year 1966. We are simply happy to commemorate the occasion with a model of its own.”
While the entire look of the car is very nostalgic on the outside, the same has been carried out on the interiors as well. The Heritage edition is equipped with carbon fiber seats which are tightly wrapped using Ebony leather material. They are highly robust and durable which when mixed with pillow inserts and plow through stitching makes them equally comfortable to sit for long rides. The Ford GT logo is carved on the steering wheel and the headrest.
Ebony leather material is used throughout the car including the dashboard, instrument panel and headliner. They are accentuated with gold appliques. In contrast to the leather material, the seat belts are of blue webbing. The identification plate follows a series of numbers each one numbered to showcase its exclusivity. #2 is used as a door graphic on the inside while air register pods, door sills and center console uses matte carbon fiber components.
The 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is available for purchase only next year and will be sold in extremely limited quantities. If you are to buy one, make sure to pre-order the car as early as possible.