It’s (almost) official, 2022 will mark the farewell of the Ford GT, the iconic American hypercar resurrected in 2016 after a first remake in 2004.
Blue oval firm spokesman Jiyan Cadiz told Motor Authority that production of the GT at the Multimatic plant in Markham, Canada, will end in December with the last 250 units. It marks the end of an era at Ford, but the GT story may not be over.
Inspired by legend
With its name alone, the GT carries the heavy heritage of the first series (sold between 2004 and 2006) and, above all, of the GT40 of the 1960s. This car succeeded in breaking Ferrari’s domination at Le Mans by winning major 24 Hour victories thanks to the efforts of legends such as Carol Shelby, Ken Miles, Bruce McLaren and Mario Andretti.
During its six years of existence, the current generation has been produced in 1350 examples, with many special models dedicated to the ancestor of the last century. As part of the Heritage Edition series, Ford has created a number of collector’s editions whose value is set to increase exponentially in the future.
Past, present and future
The latest addition to this special series is the Alan Mann Heritage Edition (photos below), inspired by the AM GT-1 prototype that helped create the GT40 MK II, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. a red and gold livery, the Ford GT features carbon fiber and (in the cabin) plenty of Alcantara. Under the hood, as with all GTs, is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine whose power has been increased to 669 hp over the years.
And speaking of special models, who knows how much the 1350th Ford GT, the last in history, will sell for. At least until the presentation of the third generation which, following the current trend, could be hybrid or 100% electric without losing the historical aura that has always distinguished all GTs.