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DEARBORN, Mich., June 27, 2016 – The all-new 2017 #fordgt will be available in a limited-edition #heritage theme honoring the GT40 Mark II driven to victory by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at Le Mans in 1966 – part of the historic 1-2-3 #fordgt sweep. The car will feature unique interior and exterior color themes, and an exclusive wheel finish.
“Celebrating the #anniversary of Ford’s historic victories at Le Mans has always been a part of the return of the #fordgt,” said Raj Nair, #ford executive vice president, #product development, and chief technical officer. “The 2017 #fordgt ’66 #heritage Edition is a stunning tribute to the car that kicked off Ford’s string of Le Mans victories in 1966.”
The #fordgt ’66 #heritage Edition features a Shadow Black exterior in either gloss or matte finish with silver stripes and exposed carbon fiber package. The car sports Frozen White 2 hood and door graphics, and 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in a gold satin clearcoat with black lug nuts.
The interior of the #limitededition model wraps the #fordgt carbon-fiber seats in Ebony leather, with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching, and the seats’ head restraints and the steering wheel are debossed with the #fordgt logo. The instrument panel, pillars and headliner also features an Ebony-leather wrap, with gold appliqués on the instrument panel, the seat’s X-brace and shift paddles. Like the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is leather wrapped, with seat belts featuring a unique blue webbing.
Rounding out the modifications to the #fordgt ’66 #heritage Edition are a unique serialized identification plate, the 2 interior door graphic, and exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.
Garen Nicoghosian, exterior design manager for the car, says the team set out to highlight where it all started with the #fordgt. “While the looks are distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car,” he says, “we’ve accentuated new styling cues to provide a modern interpretation.”
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