The Ford GT LM Edition exists to honor the company's win at the Le Mans 2016.
Ford recently announced the final special edition for the current-generation Ford GT. The Ford GT LM Edition exists to honor the company's win at the Le Mans 2016. Customer deliveries will take place in the fall, and production of the GT will cease by the end of the year.
It's highly unlikely we'll ever see anything like it again, as Ford appears to be going electric in every segment apart from heavy-duty trucks.
In any case, the GT LM Edition is inspired by the No. 68 Ford GT 2016 Le Mans-winning car's red and blue livery. It's available with red or blue design details that include tinted red or blue carbon fiber exterior treatment and a driver's seat in the corresponding color.
Only 20 will be built, and each model will have the obligatory numbered plaque. This plaque is exceptional, however. Instead of using whatever metal was lying around, Ford ground down the engine crankshaft from the 2016 third-place Ford GT Le Mans racecar and used that.
Like the clean sweep in 1966, Ford returned 50 years later and scored another historic 1-2-3 podium.
"With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar," said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "As we close this chapter of the road-going Ford GT, the GT LM Edition gave us a chance to inject even more heart and soul from a podium-finishing race car, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win."
The lucky 20 buyers will get to choose between red or blue-tinted carbon fiber that underscores the lower aerodynamics of the supercar. The tinted elements include the ultralightweight material on the front splitter, side sills, door sills, engine bay louvers, mirror stalks, and rear diffuser.
The GT LM rides on 20-inch exposed gloss carbon fiber wheels with corresponding red or blue inner-barrel accents. The lug nuts are made from titanium, and the standard Brembo brakes are painted black.
Another model-specific feature is a 3D titanium-printed exhaust in a cyclonic design. Above the tips, a titanium GT LM badge is also 3D printed.
The engine is carried over as is, and that's perfectly fine. Ford's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 sends 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Model-specific changes to the inside include Alcantara-wrapped carbon fiber seats with a matching red or blue driver's seat and an Ebony (black) passenger seat with corresponding stitching. The color of the starter button also matches the color the owner chooses to go for. The instrument panel is finished in Ebony leather and Alcantara, while the pillars and headliner are finished in black Alcantara. As you'd expect, there are some beautiful exposed carbon fiber touches.
The No. 68 Ford GT was driven by Sebastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US), and Dirk Muller (GER). The car took the lead in the 20th hour of the race, and that's where it remained. It was a stunning victory, considering the Ford Chip Ganassi team had just 395 days to get a stock Ford GT ready for the race.
The GT LM brings the total of special edition GTs to 10, all cars honoring some sort of endurance racing accomplishment.
In addition, the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic, also concludes by the end of the year with a total of 45 vehicles.