Ford never ceases to reject the GT in special series that pay homage to the glorious sporting past of the sixties GT40. “Holman Moody” is already the 9th special edition of the Ford GT and 3rd this year.
The Ford GT40, brought back into the limelight with the success of the Le Mans 66 movie, is honored once again in this special edition of the modern Ford GT. Of the nine series published, this is the fourth dedicated to the 1966 vintage. Earlier in 2017, there was the “66 Heritage Edition” honoring the Ford GT40 MK II n° 2, which won the 1966 Le Mans race (27 copies produced). in 2021, the “66 Daytona Heritage Edition” (50 examples) honoring the hat-trick at Daytona in 1966, followed by the “Alan Mann” honoring the already-light experimental prototype n°16 n°16 Ford GT MK I this year Heritage Edition”. paved the way for the victory of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, now in production
As a reminder, other variations offered are:
- the 2022 Ford GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition honoring its Ford GT roots and the first five original Ford GT prototypes; currently in production
- The 2020 Ford GT ’69 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition pays homage to the 6th Ford GT40 MK I race car that won the 1969 Le Mans; only 50 built
- The 2019 Ford GT ’68 Gulf Livery Heritage Edition honors the 9th Ford GT40 MK I race car to win the 1968 Le Mans; only 50 built
- The 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition pays homage to the #1 Ford GT40 MK IV race car that won the 1967 Le Mans; only 39 built
- The 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition commemorates the GT40’s consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969; only 343 built
A key player in the success story
This latest iteration therefore pays homage to the Holman Moody team, who played a vital role in the GT40’s racing success. After the 1965 Le Mans race, Ford’s new Le Mans committee, in partnership with Shelby American, commissioned Holman Moody to rework the GT40 MK II. Founded in 1957, the business was a recognized expert in racing mechanical assembly and preparation.
Holman Moody, for example, assembled the Fords of the NASCAR championship and even built engines for his personal watercraft competition. More than 265 laps in eight days in January 1966, the P/1016 chassis became a laboratory on wheels as teams worked to redesign brakes, suspension and tire configurations to be more competitive, or even trialled an experimental automatic transmission. They had only one goal: to win the 1966 Le Mans race.
lots of carbon but also some refinement
The supercar’s gold and red finish includes ‘Oxford White’ round wheels stamped No. 5 on the doors, hood and rear fender – all in keeping with the look of the 1966 Ford GT40 driven by Holman Moody. Exposed glossy carbon fiber components, including 20-inch wheels, front splitter, side sills, mirrors, engine grilles and rear diffuser, stand out. Black lacquered Brembo brake calipers with silver graphics and black wheel nuts further modernize the aesthetic.
Carbon fiber in the door sills and console, n°5 round in the door panels. The carbon fiber seats, upholstered in Alcantara Ebony, feature gold stitching, while the seat cushions and headrests feature an embossed GT logo. The instrument panel is covered in Ebony leather and Ebony Alcantara, while the pillars and headlining are covered only in Ebony Alcantara. The dual-clutch steering wheel shifts are finished in Holman Moody Gold to blend in with the exterior, while many other details are added to this, such as a steering wheel covered in Ebony Alcantara with black stitching.
The ultra-limited edition Holman Moody Edition GT supercar will be on display at the 2022 New York International Auto Show alongside the Holman Moody Ford GT40 MK II, chassis #P/1016.