The Peterson Automotive Museum has already snagged a number of interesting vehicle unveils for its annual Car week extravaganza. But Ford is aiming to help close out the event with a bang by unveiling an all new special edition variant of its seductive GT supercar.
Ford chose to get things rolling with a short teaser video that it chose to blast across all forms of social media. The lighting is not the greatest in the video, but it appears that this particular Heritage Edition model will go in a slightly different direction. The video overlays the new model with the No. 98 Ford GT40 Mk II race car. This particular racer helped the company win the inaugural 24 hrs of Daytona event when it thundered its way to track supremacy in 1966. It’s unknown if the model will have the same black hood and asymmetrical red stripe on the front bumper that the vintage racer has.
The 2021 Heritage edition is not the first retro themed model that the company has offered with the GT also having 66,67, and 68 Heritage models, with all of them paying tribute to the GT40s iconic racing victories, and even brought the iconic Gulf Oil livery into the mix. Earlier this year, Ford introduced the Liquid Carbon edition which we had the chance to see first hand at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. That particular model put all the carbon fiber body panels on full display thanks to a unique clear coat that was applied over them. The process itself adds three extra weeks to the build time, but it’s worth it, especially when placed under the correct lighting. The new Heritage Edition also falls in line with a slight infusion of extra power that was given to the GT in 2020 which raises the figure up 13 ponies to a revised total of 660 horsepower. The engine also received a revised tune for more low end torque, and the exterior buttresses benefited from minor tweaks to help channel more air into the engine.
We will know more about this latest special edition on Sunday when it makes its debut at the fore-mentioned event. With GT production winding down, this Heritage model could be the final one produced, and look for it to be just as limited and rare as the other Heritage models that have preceded it during the GT’s time in production
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.