Monterey Car Week: 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition pays homage to Le Mans win

Article by Christian A., on August 18, 2017

Fifty years after its glorious victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford launches the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition at the 2017 Monterey Car Week. The red racing livery with white stripes is a tribute to the Ford GT40 Mark IV and its team headed by racing legends A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney during the famed endurance racing event in 1967.

Garen Nicoghosian, head of exterior design for the car, recounted how the first Heritage became a success. According to him, he’s attributing this achievement not only to its history in Le Mans racing but also to its modern interpretation. The first one is a tribute to the GT40 Mark II driven by Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren in 1966. Dubbed as the 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition, its livery consists of black body paint with two silver GT stripes.

To carry on with its tradition, Ford looks back once again this time with the GT40 Mark IV race car from the year that followed. Considering the GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years (between 1966 to 1969), we can now safely assume this ’67 GT won’t be the last Ford Heritage edition in the series.

The limited edition GT at the Monterey Car Week is adorned with Frozen White No.1 graphics at the doors with another on the hood. In addition to this, the new Ford GT Heritage comes with a set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels, red brake calipers and mirror caps painted in silver.

Ford will only make the Heritage ’67 GT available as 2018 model year and will include interior enhancements to mark the difference between the limited run model and the standard Ford GT.

Starting with its door bezels, x-brace, and instrument panel, the ’67 GT will have those in dark stainless steel while the paddle shifters will be finished in anodized grey. The seatbelts will come with red webbing while the carbon fiber seats will also have its stitching in color red. Matte carbon fiber elements will be seen throughout its center console, air pods and door sills along with a limited edition plaque with serial number.

Initially revealed in 2015, the standard 2016 Ford GT is packed with a 3.5-liter twin turbo Ecoboost V6 engine with approximately 450kW power on tap and an output of 731Nm. Its mid mounted engine design is taken from Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype race car and comes paired to a seven speed dual clutch transmission.

Press Release

FORD PERFORMANCE TO OFFER TRIBUTE LIVERY OF HISTORIC 1967 LE MANS WINNER WITH 2018 FORD GT '67 HERITAGE EDITION

The 2018 Ford GT will be available in a new limited-edition Heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark IV race car driven to victory by the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.

“In creating a worthy successor to the 2017 Heritage edition, we logically looked at our next historic Le Mans victory with the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt,” said Dave Pericak, global director Ford Performance. “The 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition pays homage to that win, with a modern take on one of the most important vehicles in Ford’s storied history of racing.”

The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition features a gloss-finish Race Red exterior with white stripes and exposed carbon package. The car sports Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in silver satin clearcoat with black lug nuts. Red calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.

The interior begins with new leather trimming for the carbon fiber seats, with red accent stitching, which carries over to the steering wheel. The seat belt webbing is now red and the paddle shifters are anodized gray. Satin dark stainless appliqués are used on the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace.

Rounding out modifications to the ’67 Heritage edition car are a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.

“The first Heritage edition car was a huge success, honoring our history with a modern interpretation of the Le Mans winner,” said Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car. “Continuing with a 2018 Ford GT based on the winning GT40 Mark IV race car was simply something we needed to do.”

The Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition can be viewed at FordGT.com using the configuration tool. Limited quantities will be available for the 2018 model year.

Source: Ford

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