A 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 Le Mans embarrassed Ferrari and cemented the GT40 as a legend.
We all know of the epic battle between Ford and Ferrari. Embittered by old man Enzo's sudden reluctance to sell his company to the Blue Oval, the Dearborn-based automaker set out to create something that would give the Prancing Horse a hiding at Le Mans.
What resulted was the GT40 and one of the greatest automotive vignettes known to man. Through industrial know-how and plenty of money, Ford bested Ferrari at its own game, with the GT40 winning Le Mans with an incredible 1-2-3 finish. Since then, it's become a celebrated classic car, with examples changing hands for millions of dollars.
In honor of this incredible story, the American automaker has created a truly special Ford GT called the Holman Moody Heritage Edition. Rather fittingly, it will make its first appearance alongside the 1966 MkII racer at the 2022 New York Auto Show, much like the original prototype did 58 years ago.
Just like the original car, the 2022 model is a vision in Holman Moody Gold paintwork. We caught a glimpse of the soul-stirring supercar earlier in the year, but nothing could have prepared us for the finished product. Together with the Heritage Red and Oxford White accents, the auriferous lacquer just looks so right and, simultaneously, pays tribute to the winning MK II GT40 race car.
"Of all the Ford GT Heritage Edition liveries we've done, the Holman Moody Heritage Edition's can't-miss signature gold and red theme is an epic tribute to our 1966 Le Mans finish," said Mike Severson, program manager for the Ford GT. For those who are unaware, the Holman Moody race team was a crucial part of the GT40's success story. Without it, the Ferrari beater may have never gained its fearsome reputation as Holman Moody helped develop the brakes capable of slowing a 200-mph car.
Tasked with revising the MK II, the race team redesigned the brakes, suspension, and tire setups in order to claim victory at the 1966 event. The Holman Moody Heritage Edition is a culmination of that passion.
Aside from the elegant livery, the limited-edition supercar boasts the signature racing roundels with the No.5 found on the hood, rear wing, and doors. Tastefully styled 20-inch wheels house the black-painted Brembo brake calipers, which feature subtle silver graphics.
The theme continues inside the snug cabin. The Alcantara-trimmed carbon seats are adorned with gold stitching, matched by the fine gold embroidery found on the instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-brace. A rather charming touch comes in the form of the paddle-shifters; an absolute visual delight in Holman Moody Gold.
The gold accents are toned down by the dominant Ebony interior color. The instrument panel receives a dash of leather but Alcantara has been used liberally, the grippy material coating the pillars, headliner, and, as mentioned, seats. Carbon fiber enlivens the cockpit, with swathes found on the door sills and console. The No.5 is repeated on the door panels.
Although this GT doffs its cap to the past, it's still a contemporary supercar. Exposed carbon fiber can be found just about everywhere. The beautifully crafted 20-inch wheels, front splitter, engine louvers, rear diffuser, and several other components exhibit the lightweight material. While the original was quick in its heyday, it's no match for its successor.
Indeed, with a featherweight carbon fiber body, 660 horsepower, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, not much can keep up with this working-class hero - much like it was back in the '60s, then. While it's not the first special edition GT, it's certainly one of the most beautiful. Like its golden counterpart, the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition also pays tribute to the GT40's racing heritage.
"Inspired by one of the most well-known Ford GT40 race cars, this latest Ford GT honors the Holman Moody race team's know-how and ability to out-innovate global competitors," said Severson. Lucky customers will receive their golden beauties by Spring.