Ford reveals the 2022 GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition ahead of the model marking its debut at the year’s Chicago Auto Show.
The Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition is a limited-edition inspired by the lighter experimental ‘66 GT 40 race cars that Alan Mann Racing built that would help Ford GT to become America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar.#FordGT #LeMans pic.twitter.com/SenAEUvwJS
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) December 13, 2021
GT Alan Mann Heritage Editon
In the 1960s, Alan Mann Racing proved to be one of the most successful British outfits that eventually became an official Ford-backed team. In the years 1965 to 1966, Alan Mann Racing used lighter materials to build the AM GT-1 along with a second vehicle based on the GT MK I.
Even though these prototypes never proved to be successful in winning a race, their use of lightweight materials helped inspire the manufacture of cars. It thoroughly helped Ford win Le Mans with the GT Mk II in 1966.
For GT Heritage Edition 2022, the exclusive model is based on two lightweight GT40 Mk II prototypes that were built by Alan Mann Racing and helped inform the final Mk II that achieved victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. The supercar boasts a lightweight carbon fiber body cloaked as itself.
It features colors and stripes inspired by the AM GT-1. It also features a dual over-the-roof racing stripe, Frozen White signature accent stripes, and roundels with the number 16 printed on the doors, hood, and the underside of the rear wing. Exposed gloss carbon fiber components are a distinct trait of the vehicle, featuring on its 20-inch wheels, side sills, mirrors, front splitter, engine louvers, and rear diffuser.
What to expect from the Heritage Edition?
Henry Mann, the director at Alan Mann Racing, stated after the revelation, “It’s a great honor for Alan Mann Racing and the Mann family to celebrate the epic motorsports heritage of Ford GT with this fantastic limited-edition car.” Further, he added, “To see the red and gold colors of our team’s livery come back to life, and to debut this new GT alongside one of our original GT40s in Chicago, will be a magical occasion.”
Expectedly enough, Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager said, “Whether it’s going like hell at the racetrack or out-innovating the competition, the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition honors the vehicles that helped lead Ford to its wins. With its red and gold livery, this Ford GT is inspired by Alan Mann Racing’s contribution to our Le Mans-winning story.”
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