Ford took the wraps off what it’s calling the “final special edition” of its third generation Ford GT. The Ford GT LM celebrates the car’s winning history at Le Mans.
The automaker’s history at the iconic course is legendary, sweeping the top three spots in 1966 after making the commitment to win the event after an offer to buy Ferrari was spurned. The story was turned into the popular movie, “Ford v. Ferrari.” The company returned to Le Mans after the current edition of the car debuted and won in 2016.
Just 20 of the GT LM Editions will be produced, adding to “its collectability,” noted officials. Deliveries of the GT LM Edition begin this fall with production wrapping up later this year.
“With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “As we close this chapter of the road-going Ford GT, the GT LM Edition gave us a chance to inject even more heart and soul from a podium-finishing racecar, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win.”
The special edition models can be had with red or blue design details to go with the Liquid Silver carbon fiber body, including a red or blue carbon fiber exterior treatment. The red or blue components include the carbon fiber on the front splitter, side and door sills, engine bay louvers, mirror stalks and rear diffuser.
Additionally, the GT LM features exposed gloss carbon fiber 20-inch wheels with corresponding red or blue inner-barrel accents, plus titanium lug nuts and Brembo brake calipers lacquered in black. The driver’s seat, which is aluminum wrapped in Alcantara, comes in a matching color. The red and blue are based off the previous liveries of the race cars, but primarily the winning No. 68 car from 2016.
Adding to the look — and unique to the GT LM — is a 3D-printed titanium dual exhaust featuring a cyclonic design in the tips designed to give the car a unique look. Above the tips is a 3D-printed titanium GT LM badge.
The company also found another way to tie the car to Le Mans by grinding down the crankshaft from the third-place GT in 2016 driven by Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook into a powder used in a “bespoke alloy” for the titanium badges used on the cars.
History of unique vehicles
The Ford GT’s always created a buzz each time the automaker’s reintroduced it to the public. Within those three generations, the company’s produced now 10 special edition versions of the vehicles. Here’s the list:
- 2022 Ford GT Holman Moody Heritage Edition honoring the company’s 1966 Le Mans sweep and the race team that innovated the capability of the GT40 MK II to deliver a brake setup matching the racecar’s 200 mph-plus speeds; only 21 built
- 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition honoring the No. 16 Alan Mann Ford GT MK I lightweight experimental prototype that helped pave the way for the 1-2-3 sweep at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans; only 30 built
- 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition honoring Ford GT’s roots and the earliest five original Ford GT prototypes; only 27 built
- 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition honoring the Ford GT MK II No. 98 racecar that gave Ford a 1-2-3-5 domination at Daytona in 1966, kicking off a magical season for the Ford GT40 MK II; only 50 built
- 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition honoring the Ford GT40 MK I No. 6 racecar that was victorious at Le Mans in 1969; only 50 built
- 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition honoring Ford GT40 MK I No. 9 racecar that was victorious at Le Mans in 1968; only 50 built
- 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition honoring Ford GT40 MK IV No. 1 racecar 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 won 1966 Le Mans race; 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
In addition, the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic also concludes by the end of the year with a total of 45 vehicles.