The 2022 Ford GT LM Edition honors the only supercar to win at Le Mans for the US, which includes victories in 2016 and the legendary 1-2-3 podium sweep in 1966.
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A great sendoff for a great performer
“With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar. 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 racecar, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win.” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
These remaining 20 limited-edition supercars will increase the value of the Ford GT series, which is still unique. Deliveries of the 2022 Ford GT LM Edition, which is the last model year, start this autumn, with manufacturing ending later in the year.
Racing exterior and unusual interior
The limited-edition Ford GT LM is distinctively completed in either a red or blue motif throughout, recalling the red and blue racing livery of the Le Mans-winning No. 68 Ford GT. Its carbon fiber body is proudly coated in Liquid Silver exterior paint.
Customers may choose exposed red or blue colored carbon fiber for a distinctive look that emphasizes the supercar’s lower aerodynamics. The front splitter, side sills, and door sills, as well as the engine bay louvers, mirror stalks, and rear diffuser, are all made of ultra-lightweight material that has been tinted.
To further update this kit, add exposed gloss carbon fiber 20-inch wheels with appropriate red or blue inner-barrel highlights, titanium lug nuts, and black-lacquered Brembo brake calipers.
A 3D titanium-printed dual exhaust that is exclusive to the Ford GT LM has cyclonic detailing within the tips and alludes to the twin-turbo 660 horsepower EcoBoost engine. A titanium GT LM insignia is also 3D printed and placed above the tips.
Alcantara®-wrapped carbon fiber seats with a matching red or blue driver’s seat, an ebony passenger seat with accent stitching that matches the driver’s seat color, and the engine start button are just a few of the distinctive interior elements found in the Ford GT LM Edition.
Ebony leather and Alcantara are used to cover the instrument panel, and Ebony Alcantara is also used to cover the pillars and headliner. Inside the interior, matte-finished carbon fiber can be seen on the console, vent registers, and lower A-pillars.
The Ford Performance team worked to find a method to incorporate the Le Mans podium-finishing attitude into each road vehicle, making the Ford GT LM Edition a unique final homage.
The end result was that the team discovered the engine from the 2016 Ford GT (No. 69) racecar that finished in third place but had been disassembled and stored after the competition. They then ground the crankshaft into a powder and created a special bespoke alloy that was used to 3D print the instrument panel badge for each of the 20 special edition supercars.
Ford vs. Ferrari: honoring the battle of the titans
The 2022 Ford GT LM Edition honors the No. 68 Ford GT driven by Sébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US), and Dirk Müller (GER), who crossed the finish line at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as the overall victory of the third-generation supercar.
Similar to the historic Ford v. Ferrari duel of 1966, the No. 68 Ford GT overtook the No. 82 Ferrari for the last time in the 20th hour of the race. Three times the Ford passed the Ferrari with Hand at the wheel, reigniting a 50-year-old rivalry between the two automakers.
After finishing third, the No. 69 Ford GT driven by Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Scott Dixon (NZ), and Richard Westbrook (GB) joined the top two on the podium. The final positions for the Nos. 66 and 67 Ford GTs were fourth and ninth, respectively.
The 2022 Ford GT LM also pays tribute to the Ford Chip Ganassi team’s heroic efforts and perseverance in turning the vehicle into a Le Mans champion in little over a year (395 days).
The tradition of special editions
The commemoration of the supercar’s historical milestones in racing, including, of course, its Le Mans victories, is enriched by the Ford GT LM. There are ten ultra-limited edition supercars in total in the series. These are:
- 2022 Ford GT Holman Moody Heritage Edition; only 21 built
- 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition; only 30 built
- 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition; only 27 built
- 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition; only 50 built
- 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition; only 50 built
- 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition; only 50 built
- 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition; only 39 built
- 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition; only 27 built
- 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition; only 343 built
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.