Ford reveals another throwback edition, paying tribute to the 1967 Le Mans winning GT40.
Between 1966 and 1969, Ford thrashed Ferrari to claim back to back Le Mans victories. And the machine that made it possible was none other than the iconic GT40. Last year, Ford introduced a limited edition version of the new GT sportscar – called the GT ’66 Heritage - to pay homage to the original race winning car of 1966. For this year, Ford has launched another throwback special, commemorating the success of the 1967 GT40. Naturally, it’s called the GT ’67 Heritage Edition.
Like the GT ’66 from last year, the ’67 Heritage is based on the standard GT sportscar but comes in the race winning livery. This means the ’67 Heritage sports a deep-red paint scheme, white stripes and an exposed carbon package. And then there are those gorgeous 20-inch forged alloy wheels with an exclusive silver satin coat. The ’67 Heritage wears the same No.1 decals as the original GT40 Mark IV racing machine that was driven by Dan Gurney and A.J.Foyt in 1967.
On the inside, the special edition gets a new leather trim with contrast red stitching, red seat belt webbing, anodized grey paddle shifters and exposed matter carbon fibre and satin dark stainless trim. Along with that, there’ll be a serialized identification plate for all the ’67 Heritage Edition models.
There has been no news of any update given to the 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost motor in the ’67 Heritage Edition. This means power and torque ratings will remain unchanged at 638bhp and 747Nm, respectively. Drive goes to rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Since the GT ’67 Heritage is a special edition version of the already very rare GT, it’ll be produced in limited numbers – although Ford won’t confirm how many. That said, given the fact that the GT40 won in 1968 and 1969 as well, there’s a good chance that we’ll see one, or even two more special edition versions in the future...
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