The Ford GT is a rare enough sight on the road, but now there are even rarer versions to keep an eye out for. The Blue Oval follows up the previous, red Heritage Edition with two more of them that both feature the iconic light blue and orange Gulf Oil livery.
'The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition,' Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of global operations, said about the latest Heritage Editions.
In addition to the great colour combo, the latest Heritage Edition GTs have exposed carbon fibre on the A-pillars, orange brake calipers, and silver mirror caps. They ride on one-piece 20-inch forged aluminium wheels with a high-gloss dark stainless steel finish and black lug nuts.
The new Heritage Editions features a retro-tinged cabin. Ebony Alcantara covers the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner, and steering wheel. Plus, there's blue and orange stitching on the seats and steering wheel to bring a little of the Gulf colour scheme inside the supercar. The upholstery pattern on the chairs evokes the tiny holes for saving weight on a classic racing bucket. Eye-catching trim includes anodized paddle shifters and high-gloss dark stainless steel finishes for the instrument panel, door bezels, and x-brace. Plus, carbon fibre adorns the door sills, air vents, and centre console. Each Heritage Edition has a plate showing the car's serial number, too.
The Gulf-liveried GTs will be available for 2019 with an optional "9" racing graphic (see above) on the bonnet, doors, and interior door panels that will actually be the body's exposed carbon fibre, rather than just a decal. The 2020 models will use a "6" graphic, instead.
The Heritage Edition package doesn't touch the powertrain, so these models retain a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 with 647bhp and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Gallery: 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
New 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Honors Most Famous Paint Scheme in Motorsports
· New 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40 with limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery – auto racing’s most famous paint scheme
· Unique Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme led to other similarly painted cars across many race series globally over the past half-century
· Interior of new 2019 Ford GT features exclusive colors, materials and appointments, including a seat pattern reminiscent of the 1968 GT40 Le Mans winner’s
· Ford GT Heritage Edition will have a unique two-year run, with optional exposed carbon fiber accents featuring No. 9 graphics for 2019 and No. 6 graphics for 2020
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 24, 2018 – The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring the most famous paint scheme in motorsports – plus a set of additional exclusive touches.
“Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations. “The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”
Known among racing enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, the 1968 GT was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For the first time, an optional package provides exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior of the Ford GT Heritage Edition. For 2019, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. For 2020, No. 6 honors the same car that went on to win Le Mans in 1969 with a different number.
The Heritage Edition features exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and sports unique 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts. Orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.
Ebony Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuates the seats and steering wheel, with a new seat embossment inspired by the original 1968 Le Mans-winning car as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters.
High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior.
Much like previous heritage models, the Ford GT Heritage Edition features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.
“We are delighted to partner with Ford to help the Gulf-themed Heritage Edition Ford GT become reality. The Ford Marque has played a major role in creating Gulf’s place in motoring and motorsporting legend and the same is true in reverse,” enthused MD of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, Ravi Chawla. “Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered and of course Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford’s four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966-1969. What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic motor car – the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Gulf-Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honours.”
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