PHOTOS: Ford’s $500K GT Supercar Is an Homage to Classic 1964 Prototype

by Jonathan Howard
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Get ready for a new Ford GT Supercar. It is the latest edition of a number of homages to the 1964 GT40. Those test cars were raced multiple times throughout the mid-1960s. Car manufacturers across the world battled over the 24-hour Le Mans race. Although Ford lost in 1964 and 1965, the American carmaker would take the title in 1966.

As for the new 2022 Ford GT ’64, it is a perfect homage to the original. However, this will not be a cheap vehicle. Supercars come at a super price! This $500,000 two-door is clean and probably drives real mean. The vehicle features carbon fiber wheels and is painted to match the original from ’64.

Ford has fitted the vehicle with Wimbledon White exterior as well as Antimatter Blue graphics. Inside the vehicle, the interior is accented to match. The hood also appears to be made of carbon fiber. Finally, the black racing stripe down the middle brings the whole thing together. The car is stocked with a 660 horsepower turbocharged, 3.5 liter V6. It has a top speed of at least 216 MPH.

As for the line of GT Heritage Edition vehicles, this is the truest to the original. Ford’s program manager for the GT line, Mike Severson says this goes beyond race history. “This is the first Ford GT Heritage Edition that goes beyond celebrating race wins – this one goes deep, and honors the earliest of Ford supercar heritage.” When looking at the two cars side by side, there is no denying that.

Ford GT ’64 Celebrates Ford v Ferrari History

Those who remember the Ford v Ferrari movie from 2019 will recognize the original GT40 prototype. The two manufacturers battled in the mid-1960s to develop the best supercar. Through a series of failures, Ford and their GT40 couldn’t beat Ferrari. However, one 2000km race changed that dynamic.

At Daytona in 1965, Ken Miles made a difference for the American car company. In 1964 and 1965 at Le Mans, Ford failed to finish the race. However, Miles took the checkered flag in the GT40 after a 2000 km race at Daytona Motor Speedway. After that race, Miles took the car to another checkered flag at Daytona in 1966. This time for a 24-hour endurance race, much like Le Mans.

As for the main event, Le Mans 1966, Ford would flip the script. Not only did the GT40 speed through the day-long race, they swept the podium at the event. Completely shut out the Italian automaker Ferrari and everyone else.

As for the new Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, production will start in January. So, start saving your money up, you’ll need half a million by the new year if you want to get your hands on one of these amazing cars.

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