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The second-generation Ford GT has officially entered its final model year. That's not new information and we should be grateful it's been around this long. Ford initially intended to wrap up the show a couple of years ago but customer demand proved too hard to resist. No one complained. Last week's 2022 Chicago Auto Show saw Ford debut yet another limited edition, the Alan Mann Heritage Edition. Will there be a final edition? It's certainly possible and we'll know soon enough as Motor Authority has confirmed that car number 1,100 out of 1,350 just rolled off the assembly line at Multimatic's facility in Canada.
There are only 250 more units to build. A final production date has not been announced. The same Ford spokesperson who confirmed this information also provided additional details regarding the build numbers for the first five second-gen GT Heritage Editions.
The 2017 GT '66 Heritage Edition, which honored the No. 2 Ford GT40 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in their 1966 Le Mans victory saw just 27 units produced. Only 39 examples were built of the 2018 GT '67 Heritage Edition inspired by the GT40 that won Le Mans in 1967. Another 50 examples were made of the 2019 and 2020 Gulf Livery Heritage Editions. Another 50 were built of last year's GT '66 Daytona Heritage Edition honoring the GT40 driven by the great Ken Miles at the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona.
And in case you're wondering, Ford further confirmed build slots are still available for the Alan Mann Heritage Edition but don't expect them to last much longer. Ford stunned the world at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show when it revealed the second-gen GT supercar. No one saw it coming.
Only Ford top brass and the small development team behind it were aware of its existence. Instead of its predecessor's supercharged V8, the new GT is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with up to 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels via a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The GT is also a moving experiment for new construction methods, such as its carbon fiber monocoque, Gorilla Glass windshield, and advanced aerodynamics like those flying buttresses.
Don't be surprised if Ford is already, very quietly, laying the initial groundwork for a third-gen GT. If so, we highly suspect it'll be fully battery electric.