Ford unveils new Heritage, Studio versions of GT supercar

Heritage Edition honors 1966 Daytona 24-hour race-winning car driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby

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2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition pay homage to the car Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby droned to victory in the 24-hour Daytona Continental race | Ford illustrations

As part of the virtual Petersen Car Week that concluded over the past weekend, Ford Performance unveiled a new 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition livery as well as a new Ford GT Studio Collection color scheme for its supercar.

“For this Heritage Edition, the Ford Performance team went deeper into the Ford GT’s race history and crafted a limited-edition model that stylistically honors the 55th anniversary of the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race that would eventually lead to our successes at Le Mans,” Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager, is quoted in the news release. 

Race car and the Heritage Edition it inspired

“Plus, for customers who want to highlight the carbon-fiber body and functional cooling ducts that help deliver Le Mans-winning performance, the Ford GT Studio Collection offers another new way GT fans can personalize their supercars.”

The Heritage Edition honors the Ford GT40 Mk. II’s first victory, a 1-2-3 sweep (plus a 5th-place finish) in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race. The Heritage Edition recalls the winning car, driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby, with its Frozen White color, asymmetrical Race Red livery, and exposed black carbon fiber hood section, the scheme inspired by the white, black and red exterior of the Daytona-winning race car.

“Miles and Ruby led nearly every lap of the 24-hour race and outpaced the competition by 30 miles,” Severson noted. “The win was the first time anyone had threatened Ferrari’s dominance in sports car racing and represented a turning point in the Ford GT race program.”

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The car’s visual design includes “98” roundel graphics, one-piece Heritage Gold 20X9-inch forged-aluminum wheels and red Brembo monoblock brake calipers. Inside, the interior if done in red and black Alcantara. 

Available will be exposed carbon fiber wheels with gloss-red inner accent barrels and ghosted 98 rondels.

2021 Ford GT Studio Collection graphics packages

The Studio Collection will be limited to 40 cars to be built for the 2021 and 2022 model years. The cars will be available in 7 colors with special graphic stripes and accents. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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