The First Ford GT Heritage Edition Celebrates Ken Miles' 1966 Daytona Victory

Brian Silvestro
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Photo credit: Ford
Photo credit: Ford

From Road & Track

Over the weekend, Ford revealed its first special edition GT supercar, dubbed the Heritage Edition. Sporting a white, red, and bare carbon fiber exterior, it's meant to pay tribute to the GT40 Mk II's win at the 1966 Daytona 24, driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby.

The GT40's win at Daytona is one of the car's most important victories, as it represented a turning point for the racing program, and served as a warning to Ferrari as to what would come at Le Mans later that year. Miles and Ruby won by over 30 miles, and led two other GT40s, locking out an all-Ford podium.

The GT Heritage Edition shares much of the original car's exterior design, with a blacked out hood section (in carbon fiber rather than the original's paint), red side stripes, and asymmetrical red accents on the nose, roof, and rear wing. There's also a "98" decal on either side, red-painted brake calipers, and gold-painted 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Power from the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 remains the same, at 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque.

Buyers of the Heritage Edition can option a "Heritage Upgrade Package" that includes 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with a red-accented inner center barrel, black-painted brake calipers, and "ghosted" #98 decals.

In addition to the Heritage Edition, Ford has added a new graphics package for the normal GT called the Studio Collection, shown below. Created in a collaboration between Ford and the GT's assembly facility, Multimatic, the graphics can be made in any color the buyer chooses. The company says it will build just 40 GTs with the Studio Collection package through the 2022 model year, so if you're into it, you better get your order in quickly.

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