Ford’s race-bred roadgoing supercar, the GT, is retiring with a limited-run version that pays tribute to its win in the 2016 Le Mans.
It still has the same updated version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V6, which makes 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. 40 HP off from its track-built variant, and still no V8. Well, somewhat. The carbon fiber body is painted in an elegant Liquid Silver, and though it is the only option and we can’t quite figure out why this shade of silver, it’s a great look nonetheless. Subtle accents in red or blue are laid out on the splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, rear diffuser, and the louvers of the engine bay. You can’t mix-and-match which parts get painted in which, though it would’ve been a grand idea. The red and blue is a tribute to the winning no.68 car of the 2016 Le Mans in the LM GTE-Pro class. It also marked fifty years since Ford’s last victory sweep in the 1966 24 Hours of Lemans, making it much more of a celebration for the manufacturer and its racing history.
It features titanium dual exhausts, with a special 3D-printed GT LM logo above it. The GT LM comes with 20 inch carbon fiber wheels with titanium lugnuts. Inside, the Alcantara driver seat can be optioned to be red or blue, while the passenger seat has matching red or blue stitching.
Perhaps the most special part of all is the special badge on the dashboard. While it seems like a regular badge that denotes what it is, there’s actual racing history behind it. Ford entered four cars in the Le Mans races, all of which are second gen GTs numbered 66 to 69. #69 was the car to come in third place and has since been disassembled, with its crankshaft ground up to create the same badges that are present in the GT LM. Barbaric, but somewhat cool.
p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>Ford’s GT is one with a rich racing history, a truly race-bred model that was developed with official racing capabilities in mind, roadgoing versions later; contrary to most cars that participated in motorsports at some point. Though a V8 in the last successor was noted to be a missed opportunity by most, we should give the Ecoboost V6 credit where it’s due, being the same engine that brought the Americans its last victory. We can’t deny the sublime looks, and it’s quite unfortunate that the only recent news of the GT is the near-crossing of its last finish line.