Ford is showing the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition at the Chicago Auto Show. The special model honors the lightweight racing car from 1966 by Alan Mann Racing. And to heat up the potential buyers again, another special model is just right. For the Alan Mann Heritage Edition, Ford has once again rummaged through GT history.
In 1965 and 1966, the Alan Mann Racing Team built Ford GT race cars that were designed to lose weight using special materials. It is not known how successful the Alan Mann team was in slimming down, but it is documented that the lightweight prototypes were not able to achieve any great racing success. However, experience with the lightweight concept helped Ford win Le Mans in 1966.
The Ford GT presented now succeeds on the lightweight racer from back then. The color of the red exterior paint matches that of the historic racing car. The golden racing stripes on the body also correspond to the man-racer. The special model look is rounded off with white start number fields with the start number 16, gold-colored Ford lettering on the flanks and other white design stripes on the front fenders. The Alan Mann Heritage Edition has visible carbon in the form of 20-inch carbon rims, a carbon front splitter, corbon side skirts, carbon exterior mirror housings, carbon ventilation gills and a carbon diffuser. The brake calipers and the wheel nuts are only painted black.,
The lightweight construction theme of carbon can also be found in the cockpit. Here the sill areas and other surfaces covered with carbon fiber can be seen. The carbon seat shells are lined with black Alcantara. Red contrast seams set accents. Alcantara also covers the dashboard, steering wheel and headliner. Gold-colored elements appear on the dashboard, the shift paddles on the steering wheel correspond with their red with the exterior paintwork.
Ford does not reveal how many customers can enjoy this combination. But it is clear that the Alan Mann Heritage Edition is also strictly limited. Prices are not mentioned.,
With the Alan Mann Heritage Edition, Ford is already launching the seventh, strictly limited special series of the current Ford GT. Like its predecessors, it should arouse desire and mostly end up in collectors' garages.