New Ford GT is a Nod to Le Mans-winning Race Cars

Click Here to Begin Slideshow All Photos: Courtesy of Ford Media Racing was on somebody’s mind at Ford when the idea of a new model called the "'64 Ford GT prototype" was concocted. The new-for-2022 version of the GT gives a nod to America’s only Le Mans®-winning supercar which won the iconic race from 1966-1969, and again in 2016. The '64 Ford GT Prototype Heritage Edition debuted at Monterey Car Week next to the only real 1964 survivor, chassis GT/105, which was in its No. 9 racing livery. Both were exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and at The Quail Lodge show. Ford conceived of the Heritage Edition as a tribute to the Ford GT, the prototype vehicle that starred in its Total Performance racing program over a half-century ago. The limited-edition 2022 model was inspired by the 1964 Ford GT prototype that debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 3, 1964. That car won at Le Mans. Ford GT Heritage Edition is a modern interpretation of the original that combines classic Ford Performance features such as Wimbledon White paint and a triple racing stripe with contemporary touches that include exposed carbon fiber Antimatter Blue-painted carbon fiber wheels and Lightspeed Blue Alcantara® suede seats. There are a lot of milestone moments in the history of the Ford GT, but the design team felt that the original prototype was the right vehicle to use for inspiration this time. It is the car that unleashed the creative genius Ford’s Advanced Vehicles team and paved the way for the Ford GT program. Every car buff knows the Ford vs. Ferrari story of winning at Le Mans. Ford began developing its race car in 1963. Less than a year later, the Ford GT prototype GT/101 was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. Five GT prototypes were built. They were the first Ford models to aero principles to optimize performance. They were among the significant cars Ford has built over the years. The grew out of the GT program that achieved Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep in 1966 at LeMans. Those cars symbolize the groundbreaking engineering found in all GTs. The GTs with Chassis GT/101 and GT/102 were scrapped after Le Mans and Monza crash testing, which lead to improvements in GT/103, GT/104 and GT/105. The first victory came when GT/103 won the ‘65 Daytona 24-hours race. GT/104 placed third there. GT/103 and GT/104 are repainted and at the Shelby® Museum in Boulder, Colo. Over the years, the Ford GT Heritage Edition series has celebrated landmark moments like the Le Mans-winning championships. To date, the new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition marks the sixth special in the limited-production series. Others include: 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition Honoring the Ford GT MK II No. 98 race car In production 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition Honoring the Ford GT40 MK I No. 6 race car that was victorious at 1969 Le Mans Only 50 built 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition Honoring Ford GT40 MK I No. 9 race car that was victorious at 1968 Le Mans Only 50 built 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition Honoring Ford GT40 MK IV No. 1 race car that was victorious at Le Mans in 1967 Only 39 built 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition Honoring Ford GT40 MK II No. 2 that Bruce McLaren/Chris Amon drove at 1966 Le Mans Only 27 built 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition Commemorating GT40’s back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969 Only 343 built Click Here to Begin Slideshow

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Racing was on somebody’s mind at Ford when the idea of a new model called the "'64 Ford GT prototype" was concocted. The new-for-2022 version of the GT gives a nod to America’s only Le Mans®-winning supercar which won the iconic race from 1966-1969, and again in 2016.

The '64 Ford GT Prototype Heritage Edition debuted at Monterey Car Week next to the only real 1964 survivor, chassis GT/105, which was in its No. 9 racing livery. Both were exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and at The Quail Lodge show.

Ford conceived of the Heritage Edition as a tribute to the Ford GT, the prototype vehicle that starred in its Total Performance racing program over a half-century ago. The limited-edition 2022 model was inspired by the 1964 Ford GT prototype that debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 3, 1964. That car won at Le Mans.
Ford GT Heritage Edition is a modern interpretation of the original that combines classic Ford Performance features such as Wimbledon White paint and a triple racing stripe with contemporary touches that include exposed carbon fiber Antimatter Blue-painted carbon fiber wheels and Lightspeed Blue Alcantara® suede seats.

There are a lot of milestone moments in the history of the Ford GT, but the design team felt that the original prototype was the right vehicle to use for inspiration this time. It is the car that unleashed the creative genius Ford’s Advanced Vehicles team and paved the way for the Ford GT program. Every car buff knows the Ford vs. Ferrari story of winning at Le Mans. Ford began developing its race car in 1963. Less than a year later, the Ford GT prototype GT/101 was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

Five GT prototypes were built. They were the first Ford models to aero principles to optimize performance. They were among the significant cars Ford has built over the years. The grew out of the GT program that achieved Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep in 1966 at LeMans. Those cars symbolize the groundbreaking engineering found in all GTs.
The GTs with Chassis GT/101 and GT/102 were scrapped after Le Mans and Monza crash testing, which lead to improvements in GT/103, GT/104 and GT/105. The first victory came when GT/103 won the ‘65 Daytona 24-hours race. GT/104 placed third there. GT/103 and GT/104 are repainted and at the Shelby® Museum in Boulder, Colo.

Over the years, the Ford GT Heritage Edition series has celebrated landmark moments like the Le Mans-winning championships. To date, the new 2022 Ford GT ’64 Heritage Edition marks the sixth special in the limited-production series.

Others include:
2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition
Honoring the Ford GT MK II No. 98 race car
In production

2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition
Honoring the Ford GT40 MK I No. 6 race car that was victorious at 1969 Le Mans
Only 50 built

2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition
Honoring Ford GT40 MK I No. 9 race car that was victorious at 1968 Le Mans
Only 50 built

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition
Honoring Ford GT40 MK IV No. 1 race car that was victorious at Le Mans in 1967
Only 39 built

2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition
Honoring Ford GT40 MK II No. 2 that Bruce McLaren/Chris Amon drove at 1966 Le Mans
Only 27 built

2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition
Commemorating GT40’s back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969
Only 343 built

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2022 Ford GT 64 Heritage Edition

2022 Ford GT 64 Heritage Edition

2022 Ford GT 64 Heritage Edition

2022 Ford GT 64 Heritage Edition

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John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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