Similar to the fate of the Honda / Acura NSX, the Ford GT will be entering its final year of production next year. Ford is paying homage to its swansong model, as well as its Le Mans-winning heritage, with the 2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition that’s inspired by the 1964 Ford GT Prototype.
“This is the first Ford GT Heritage Edition that goes beyond celebrating race wins; this one goes deep, and honours the earliest of Ford supercar heritage,” said Ford GT program manager, Mike Severson.
He added that the new model is a modern interpretation of the original and easily identifies to which car it’s paying tribute to.
Called the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, the 6th limited-edition supercar is painted with Wimbledon White and highlighted by Antimatter Blue graphics and finished with an over-the-roof triple racing stripe. Exposed carbon fibre components are prominent, together with carbon fibre front splitter, side sills, mirror stalks, engine louvres and rear diffuser finished in gloss.
The Brembo brake calipers are finished in silver with black graphics, hidden beneath Ford GT’s unique 20-inch blue-painted carbon fibre wheels and black lug nuts further modernise the aesthetics.
Inside, the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition sees wrapped surfaces such as the passenger section of the dashboard and two seats in Lightspeed Blue Alcantara. With the construction of the vehicle in carbon fibre, certain sections are left unpainted and just lacquered with a matte finish.
There is no mention of the powertrain, thus it is assumed to continue with the same 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine with outputs of 647 hp and 746 Nm of torque. All that power goes to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h is done in 3.0 seconds, onward to a top speed of 348 km/h.
Since the Ford GT project started in 2016, Ford has made tribute Ford GT models such as the 1966 Daytona-winning No. 98 race car driven by Ken Milles introduced last year as well as two painted in Gulf liveries honouring the Le Mans wins of 1968 and 1969.
In its short FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) motorsports campaign from 2016 to 2019, the Ford GT LM GTE finished first in the GTE class in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The racing car then picked up another 18 victories before it was retired from the global endurance series in 2019.
In its home market of North America, the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition does not have an announced price available, but news portals are quick to point out that these bespoke hand-built machines made by Multimatic Niche Vehicles in Canada cost a whopping US$500,000 (over RM2.1 million) with production only beginning next year.
Even with such a price tag, Ford has no issue selling them, where 175 units were reportedly sold in the US alone last year. Demand has been more than overwhelming, which made Ford and Multimatic agree to extend the production of the Ford GT for another two years to 2022 to meet customers requests.