2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates Alan Mann Racing

2022 will be the last model 12 months for the Ford GT, the craftsmen at Multimatic turning out the past of the 1,350-device generation operate. We now realized there’d be 1 much more Heritage Version coming, Ford working with this year’s Monterey Car 7 days to expose designs that would honor the primary 1964 prototypes. Now Ford Effectiveness has teased a next Heritage Edition for up coming calendar year, this a person a nod to England’s Alan Mann Racing. The Surrey-centered race shop prepped Fords for races like the Monte Carlo Rally and Tour de France Vehicle just before turning out to be a European factory group in 1964. AMR requested five GT40 MkI racers with the modest block 289-ci V8, intent on honing them to win Le Mans. Ford sent just two of the 5 right before changing concentration to the GT40 MKII powered by the 427-ci big block, believing the 289s couldn’t get the career finished.

The Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Version is a restricted-version motivated by the lighter experimental ‘66 GT 40 race vehicles that Alan Mann Racing constructed that would aid Ford GT to develop into America’s only Le Mans-profitable supercar.#FordGT #LeMans pic.twitter.com/SenAEUvwJS

— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance)
December 13, 2021

Mann experienced his way with the two autos anyway, reskinning them in aluminum, planning a new coil-spring suspension, an oil fill tube accessed by means of the clamshell rear conclusion, and Phil Remington’s rapid-alter braking procedure. Called the AM 1 and AM 2, Mann entered the two lightweight GT40s wearing his trademark Monaco Pink, gold, and white livery in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans in 1966, foremost the race for a temporary spell ahead of acquiring to retire the two autos. Ford then experienced Holman Moody transform the motor vehicle to into a 427 MkII B product, but never ever homologated nor raced it, then experienced Holman Moody revert AM 1 to its Weber-carbed 289-ci spec. That primary coupe has manufactured a several appearances at Pebble Beach just lately, owner Rex Meyers pulling it on to the garden for judging and a sound verify in 2019 — the to start with time it had been on display screen because 1968. Now Gooding & Corporation has put AM 1 up for auction this calendar year with a pre-sale estimate of $7 to $9 million.

On a facet be aware, Ford’s manufacturing unit staff received Le Mans two times with the 427-ci GT40s, retiring right away after the win in 1967. John Wyer then created his individual lightweight GT40 racers acknowledged as the Mirage cars and trucks, run by the 289-cubic-incher, and received Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. 

AM 1 wore the #16 in its roundel, and this is the motor vehicle the new Ford GT Heritage Version references by getting “16” painted on the underside of the rear wing. Indeed, it would be great if Ford went all the way with the AM 1 honor and rolled out a light-weight GT, but here is to dreaming. Back again on Earth, expect a lively paint task and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with 660 horsepower and 550 pound-toes of torque, akin to the previous GT Heritage Editions. Creation will commence sometime early upcoming 12 months, we await phrase on how numerous of the Alan Mann units are on the way.

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