2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

After watching from the stands as Ferrari swept all podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from late 50’s to early 60’s, Ford went on to outshine the Italian racers for the latter years of the decade. The automaker had a sweet time at the podium for four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969. Since that time, Ford takes every opportunity to remind the world of its conquest. Last year, the automaker unveiled the GT ’66 Edition to commemorate the 1966 win. This year, the automaker is celebrating the 1967 win hence the name tag 2018 Ford GT 67 Heritage Edition. The ’67 Heritage Edition is actually an aesthetic package on the Ford GT.

2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

2018 Ford GT 67 Heritage Edition Exterior

If you have seen the GT itself leave alone even driving it you will agree with me that its one stunning supercar. The fact that the GT itself comes in limited numbers is a testimony to its superior craftsmanship. Adding the ’67 Heritage Edition package makes it even more stunning. As said earlier, the package is basically an extreme visual upgrade meant to honor the red-and-white GT40 that won at 1967, 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The most notable feature on the package is a bright red paint work that mimics the 1967 GT with white strips that seem to cut the car into two stretching from the snout all the way to the gigantic spoiler at the rear.  Actually, this is the main difference with the ’66 Heritage Edition which had a black paint finish contrasted with silver racing strips. There are also a number of oval-shaped shields that flaunt the racing number “1”, the same number that the legendary GT wore during its conquest in 1967 (The ’66 Heritage Edition wore the number “2” decals like the model it was honoring). The package also features extra white accenting on the doors and on the fenders. There is also a carbon package that is exposed to add an extra aura to the model. The ’67 Heritage Edition rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels finished in a silver satin color.

Interior of 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition

The red livery continues inside where the black leather seats feature a red contrast stitching.  The seat belts webbing also carry a red shade. To save weight, the seats, as well as the steering wheel, are made of carbon fiber. Other changes include a gray finish on the paddle shifters. A satin trim is featured on several areas while carbon fiber is exposed on the model’s air register pods, door sills and on the center console.

To avoid confusing the ’67 Heritage Edition with the ’66 Heritage Edition, the model comes with an exclusive serialized identification plate.

Engine and performance

There are no changes under the hood. The ’67 Heritage Edition uses the same engine as the ’66 Heritage Edition which also used the standard GT engine without any changes.  The said engine is a 3.5 L EcoBoost V-6 that produces 647 horses and 550 lb-ft of torque. All the “juice” is delivered to the rear wheels using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system.  Performance details have not been released but I don’t expect them to change from those of the ’66 Heritage Edition. The ’66 Heritage Edition sprints from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and can attain a top speed of 216 mph.

Price and release date

If you are looking to get your hands on the model you are already too late. The automaker order book is already full. It is not clear how much the automaker will charge for the ’67 Heritage Edition.  I, however, think a price tag in the range of $500,000 is a good guess because the standard GT currently starts at $450,000. The 2018 Ford GT 67 Heritage Edition package will likely cost an extra $50,000 or more.

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