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End for the road for the iconic Ford GT supercar?

This new ‘LM Edition’ of the Ford GT supercar could mark the end of an era.

It’s being launched to coincide with the last knockings of this, the third generation GT, with the manufacturer confirming that production will wrap-up at the end of the year.

With Ford failing to confirm whether or not a fourth generation GT is in the works, it could well be that the twin-turbo, 660 hp legend has reached the end of the road.

The first Ford GT - heavily inspired by the GT40 endurance racer that kicked butt at Le Mans in the 1960s - ran between 2004 and 2006 and quickly became ultra-rare, and ultra special.

Production halted for an entire decade until Ford surprised the world by bringing-back the GT in 2016 for a second bite at the cherry.

A model update followed in 2020, and there have been a host of special editions variants too.

But with a price tag at around £450,000, and with the world turning to more efficient hybrid powertrains, the GT could now have had its day.

Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports, says: 

“With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar.
“As we close this chapter of the road-going Ford GT, the GT LM Edition gave us a chance to inject even more heart and soul from a podium-finishing racecar, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win.”

There will be just 20 LM Edition GTs built.

If you are lucky enough - and deep-of-pocket - to get one, you can enjoy a carbon fibre body in ‘Liquid Silver’ paint and finished in either red or blue flourishes, to honour the red and blue race livery of the Le Mans winning No. 68 Ford GT.

There are exposed gloss carbon 20 inch wheels and special Brembo brake callipers.

And unique to the Ford GT LM is a 3D titanium-printed dual-exhaust.

In the cabin, the LM Edition boasts Alcantara-wrapped carbon seats - with the driver’s perch finished in either blue or red to contrast with the passenger space.

Meanwhile the instrument panel badge in each LM Edition GT has actually been built using an alloy from the ground-down remnants of the crankshaft used in the third-place 2016 Ford GT Le Mans racecar.

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Friday, 17/05/2024