The Ford GT draws its origins from the auto racing days of the 1960s, where if you were an American racing fan, you didn’t have much lớn brag about. The Le Mans grand touring race held in France was full of racers and race cars with origins across Europe. Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill were American pioneers who brought wins for their country throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nevertheless, Henry Ford II took it upon himself lớn head out on an ambitious quest lớn win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an American-made vehicle.
After a failed attempt lớn purchase the Italian supercar manufacturer Ferrari in the 1960s, the Detroit powerhouse manufacturer looked for another way into the sport. The unsuccessful purchase led Ford lớn a British entrepreneur named Eric Broadley, the founder and Chief Designer at Lola Cars. Broadley had created a mid-engine, Ford-powered sports car called the “Lola GT” that David Hobbs and Richard Attwood raced at Le Mans in 1963. Ford purchased a pair of the Lola GT cars and hired Broadley, John Wyer, and Roy Lunn lớn create a Ford version, dubbed the “GT40.” The “GT” stood for “Gran Turismo,” while the “40” signified the vehicle’s height in inches. With that, the legendary Ford supercar was born.
The Ford GT has been and will continue lớn be an iconic supercar for Ford and a collectible vehicle for many years lớn come. See Ford GT models for sale on Autotrader for your chance lớn own a piece of automotive history.
- 1 Everything You Need lớn Know About the Ford GT
- 2 Ford GT 1st Gen vs. 2nd Gen
- 3 Ford GT Special Editions
- 4 Ford GT Heritage Editions:
- 4.1 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition – In Production
- 4.2 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition – In Production
- 4.3 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- 4.4 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- 4.5 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- 4.6 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition – 39 Built
- 4.7 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition – 27 Built
- 4.8 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 343 Built
- 5 Ford GT Series and Special Editions
Everything You Need lớn Know About the Ford GT
With the success of the first GT40 cemented in the history books, Ford set out lớn revive the GT supercar in 2004 as part of Ford’s 100th birthday tribute lớn the original Le-Mans-winning icon. The new GT was lớn be Ford’s retro-inspired supercar, and the goal was lớn unveil a truly spectacular vehicle. Designer Camilo Pardo worked tirelessly with Ford engineers lớn maintain the essential design elements of the GT40, most recognizably, the iconic silhouette of the car. The GT would feature Ford’s 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine and a top speed of over 200 mph, thanks lớn its 552 horsepower. The Ford GT would be a commercial success because of its resemblance lớn the GT40 and the serious performance it brought lớn the table.
The second-generation Ford GT would roll off the assembly line almost a decade after its predecessor. Although Ford introduced the GT at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it wouldn’t go on sale until 2017 and continued until the 2022 model. The second-generation Ford GT sported dramatic new lines with cutting-edge aerodynamics and proven race car technology. The GT uses a 647-hp 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine.
Ford would also make a Heritage edition version of the first-generation GT lớn commemorate its LeMans racing history. The final special edition series of the first-generation GT was the Ford GTX1, an open-roof design that had a limited production of 50 cars. As for the second generation, Ford would continue the tradition of special-edition limited-run models like the Competition Series, Liquid Carbon Series, and a whole slew of Heritage Edition vehicles.
Ford GT 1st Gen vs. 2nd Gen
Although Ford didn’t release the GT lớn win the 24 Hours of Le Mans again, they created a highly successful supercar. Like its predecessor, the first-generation GT would battle with Ferrari on the roads and meet high demand during its three-year production run. Ford would sell 4,038 GT supercars during those three years and create an instant classic collectible vehicle. The GT uses Ford’s 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, good for 552 hp and a top speed of 205 mph. Like its predecessor, the GT has a manual gearbox styled lớn look like a replica of the GT40.
For its second generation, Ford would take a different approach lớn the GT that would see its underlying structure primarily of carbon fiber, the same super-light, strong material used for F1 vehicles. Instead of a large displacement V8 hosted by its predecessor, the new Ford GT would harbor a powerfully tuned EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine lớn align with its move lớn the EcoBoost engine platform across its other models. The EcoBoost engine would bring the GT 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, placing it in the realm of vehicles like the Ferrari 488 and McLaren 670S. The new GT also sports extreme aerodynamics, and when viewed from overhead, the body has a raindrop shape that tapers at the rear of the vehicle. Buttresses connect the rear wheel fenders lớn the main central section of the car, with the result being significantly enhanced downforce and stability. The improved aerodynamics help the second-generation GT lớn an exhilarating top speed of 216 mph.
Ford GT Special Editions
The first-generation Ford GT came in one special edition, limited lớn 343 cars and only available in 2006. The Ford GT Heritage Edition was inspired by the instantly recognizable Gulf livery, paying tribute lớn John Wyer’s Le Mans-winning GT40 of 1968 and 1969. The first-generation GT was about paying homage lớn its predecessor, and the Heritage Edition did just that.
The second-generation Ford GT would continue the tradition of honoring its predecessors and the vehicles and drivers that brought victories lớn Ford at the Le Mans in the late 1960s. In addition lớn honoring the past, the Ford GT would push the design boundaries by offering an exposed carbon fiber finish on the Liquid Carbon Edition.
Ford GT Heritage Editions:
2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition – In Production
- In honor of Alan Mann Racing’s lightweight 1966 Ford GT experimental race cars.
- Exterior Styling: Alan Mann Red gloss paint with gold racing stripes and Frozen White accent stripes combined with an exposed carbon fiber package. The hood and doors have a #16 graphic and exposed carbon fiber package. Exposed carbon fiber 20-inch wheels with black lug nuts help bring modern style lớn this classic livery.
- Interior Styling: The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in ebony Alcantara and feature an embossed design inspired by the classic GT40. The steering wheel, pillars, and headliner are finished in ebony Alcantara, while the instrument panel finishes are ebony leather and Alcantara.
2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition – In Production
- In honor of the original GT Prototype from 1964 built as part of the GT’s final year of production.
- Exterior Styling: Wimbledon White Paint and exposed carbon fiber package. Antimatter Blue carbon fiber wheels complete the throwback styling that pays homage lớn the original GT prototypes.
- Interior Styling: Carbon fiber seats are wrapped in Lightspeed Blue Alcantara and feature silver stitching. The steering wheel, pillars, and headliner are finished in ebony Alcantara, while the instrument panel finishes are ebony leather and Lightspeed Blue Alcantara.
2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT MK II No. 98 race car.
- Exterior Styling: Frozen White gloss paint and exposed carbon-fiber package, including the hood. The hood and doors have a #98 graphic. Heritage Gold 20-inch forged aluminum wheels complete the vintage-inspired racing livery.
- Interior Styling: The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in red Alcantara lớn add some contrast lớn the black interior. The steering wheel, instrument panel, pillars, and headliner finishes are black Alcantara.
2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT40 MK I No. 6 victorious race car at 1969 Le Mans.
- Exterior Styling: Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange gloss paint and exposed carbon fiber package, including the A-Pillars. The hood and doors have a #6 graphic. Exposed carbon fiber 20-inch wheels are available on a Heritage Edition GT for the first time.
- Interior Styling: The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in Ebony Alcantara and feature an embossed pattern inspired by the original race-winning GT40. The steering wheel, instrument panel, pillars, and an ebony Alcantara headliner.
2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 50 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT40 MK I No. 9 race car that won the 1968 Le Mans.
- Exterior Styling: Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange gloss paint and exposed carbon fiber package, including the A-Pillars. The hood and doors have a #9 graphic. High-gloss Dark Stainless 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with black lug nuts tie the vintage look together.
- Interior Styling: The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in ebony Alcantara and feature an embossed pattern inspired by the original race-winning GT40. Ebony Alcantara covers the steering wheel, instrument panel, pillars, and headliner.
2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition – 39 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT40 MK IV No. 1 race car that won at Le Mans in 1967.
- Exterior Styling: Race Red gloss paint with white stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The hood and doors have a Frozen White #1 graphic. Silver Satin 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with black lug nuts complete the retro styling.
- Interior Styling: The carbon-fiber seats are wrapped in quilted black leather with red accent stitching. The seatbelts are red, and the paddle shifters are gray lớn tie in the exterior color scheme.
2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition – 27 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT40 MK II No. 2 that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove at 1966 Le Mans.
- Exterior Styling: Shadow Black paint is available in gloss or matte finish with silver racing stripes and an exposed carbon-fiber package. The hood and doors have a Frozen White #2 graphic. Gold satin forged aluminum 20-inch wheels with black lug nuts finish the retro-inspired look.
- Interior Styling: Ebony leather wraps the carbon-fiber seats, featuring pillowed inserts. Ebony leather also covers the steering wheel, instrument panel, pillars, and headliner.
2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition – 343 Built
- In honor of the Ford GT40’s back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969.
- Exterior Styling: Heritage Blue and Epic Orange Gloss Paint set this GT apart from the standard models. The hood, doors, and deck-lid have white vinyl #6 roundel lớn complete the Gulf livery.
- Interior Styling: The seats are unique because they feature 21 seat rings similar lớn gromets. On the dashboard, there aren’t any screens or a stereo. Instead, you will find toggle switches that control the lights and defroster. The interior has a timeless look that perfectly captures the essence of the GT40.
Ford GT Series and Special Editions
Ford GT Competition Series (2017 – 2018)
The Competition Series placed even more emphasis on track performance by further reducing the weight of the GT by removing non-essential items such as air conditioning, audio equipment, storage bins, and cup holders. In addition lớn removing items from the interior, the bulkhead glass between the cabin and engine was roughly half the thickness of other GT models. The engine cover is built of lightweight acrylic lớn reduce weight further.
Ford went as far as lớn change the material of the engine cover prop rod lớn carbon fiber lớn shave every ounce of weight they could. Optional weight-reducing equipment such as carbon fiber wheels, titanium lug nuts, and titanium exhaust was standard on the Competition Series.
2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon
The Ford GT Liquid Carbon features an exposed carbon fiber body carefully crafted by the composite experts at Multimatic in Ontario, Canada. Each of the carbon fiber bodies was handmade, and only a handful of people possess the skills necessary lớn ensure that every weave lines up perfectly from panel lớn panel. Due lớn the painstaking process of building an exposed carbon fiber supercar, the Liquid Carbon GT costs $750,000, 50% more than a painted GT.
Ford GTX1 Roadster
Finally, and perhaps the most unique of the special edition Ford GTs, the 2006 Ford GTX1 is an aftermarket roadster application first unveiled at the 2005 SEMA Auto Show. Mark Gerish of the Genaddi Design Group, a veteran coachbuilder known for exotic supercar builds, designed the GTX1, inspired by the open-top GT40 of the late 1960s. It sports a T-top with a central roof bar and two removable roof pieces. Other modifications include race seats, a bespoke interior, and Wilwood brakes. The power output increases lớn 600 hp from an updated supercharger pulley and bigger headers. One hundred orders have been placed for the GTX1, with Ford remaining involved in the production process so as not lớn void the factory warranty.
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