Ford has taken the wraps off its Heritage Edition Ford GT, which will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the American manufacturer’s victories at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969.
The unique Gulf Oil tribute design was unveiled Friday at Monterey Car Week and was driven onto the stage by 2016 Le Mans GTE-Pro winner Joey Hand.
The optional package, for the 2019 and 2020 model years, features exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior along with a number of other specific styling cues paying tribute to the Le Mans-winning GT40.
Known among racing enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, the 1968 Ford GT40 was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the French endurance classic.
The 2019 model year Ford GT Heritage Edition will feature No. 9 graphics, with No. 6 for 2020.
Hand, who claimed victory in Ford’s comeback to Le Mans in 2016 alongside Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, played a key part in the Heritage Edition’s unveil.
“I think it’s really cool that Ford does these special Heritage paint schemes,” he said. “It’s cool that this is the livery that won two years in a row.
“For me, it’s always special to be part of firsts and I was here when the cover came off the car, drove it to the stage and got to participate in the program. It was pretty cool.”