It also commemorates a similar display in 1967.
Ford's Dearborn, Michigan, global headquarters is using the entire exterior to celebrate the GT's GTE Pro class win at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. Illuminating the message "GT Wins at LeMans" across the building is the latest part of the automaker's ongoing victory lap. Trees in front of the HQ unfortunately make the bottom left portion somewhat difficult to read. The company did a similar stunt in 1967 to commemorate that year's success in the grueling race, which you can see in the last two photos in the gallery above.
Ford also celebrated the victory with the special 2017 GT ’66 Heritage Edition. Its design evokes the winning GT40 Mark II of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. The Blue Oval paints the exterior Shadow Black and adds the carbon fiber styling package. It lightens the exterior with silver stripes and Frozen White #2 graphics. The 20-inch wheels also have a gold satin finish and black lug nuts. Inside, the black leather seats have pillowed inserts to give them a vintage look. There's also a mix of carbon fiber and gold trim. Plus, blue seat belts provide a pop of color.
While the #68 GT crossed the finish line first in its class at Le Mans, Ford nearly lost the victory on a technicality. The Risi Competizione team alleged the Chip Ganassi crew's leading GT was speeding, and the stewards responded with a 70-second penalty for two infractions. The car would have finished second, but Ganassi protested the Risi's Ferrari ignoring a black and orange warning flag near end of the race. A 20-second punishment against the Prancing Horse put the Blue Oval back in the lead. The other GTs in the race scored third, fourth, and ninth in their class.
Ford celebrates GT class win at Le Mans
FORD ILLUMINATES HEADQUARTERS TO CELEBRATE FORD GT HISTORIC VICTORY AT LE MANS
Fifty years ago, the Ford GT 40 racing team finished 1-2-3 at the Le Mans 24 Hours the biggest global stage in motorsports. In June, 50 years to the day, Ford did it again – winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with the Ford GT, and another Ford GT finishing third.
To commemorate the Ford GT victory, the company illuminated the World Headquarters building in Dearborn with the message “GT Wins at LeMans.”