Any car that wears the Gulf Oil livery is worth our the attention

As if the Ford GT isn’t awesome enough in its own right, Ford is adding to the supercar’s appeal with the launch of a new Heritage Edition showcase, one where the GT gets dressed up in the iconic light blue and orange Gulf Oil livery. The new Heritage Edition model is a fitting follow-up to the red Ford GT Heritage Edition that Ford introduced earlier this month. The Gulf Oil livery isn’t the only unique feature of this new special edition GT; it also comes with a number of exclusive touches, all added to ensure that this special edition model upholds the exclusivity attached to the Gulf Oil livery.

  • 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
  • Year:
    2019
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    647
  • Torque @ RPM:
    550
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    216 mph
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Exterior

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Exterior
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There’s nothing better than seeing a supercar like the Ford GT get a special edition treatment with arguably motor racing’s most famous livery as its biggest selling point.

The new GT Heritage Edition with the Gulf Oil livery is the special edition supercar of our dreams.

Not only does it bring back the nostalgia of Ford’s stunning victories at the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours, but it does so with the supercar dressed in the legendary light blue and orange colors of Gulf Oil. For those who don’t know, the GT40 race cars Ford used in its two-year Le Mans dominance were also dressed in the Gulf Oil livery.

Fifty years later, Ford’s offering a trip down memory lane with a special edition GT supercar wearing the same colors as the race cars that conquered Le Mans against what were thought to be insurmountable odds. The nostalgia behind those Le Mans victories isn’t lost on anyone, least of all Ford itself. “Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports,” Ford’s president of global operations, Joe Hinrichs, said in a statement. “The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”

This is a special edition model done right, folks. Even better, the exclusive touches don’t end with the Gulf Oil livery. The Ford GT Heritage Edition also features exposed carbon fiber A-pillars. That’s a completely modern touch considering that carbon fiber wasn’t invented yet 50 years ago. The special edition GT also gets silver mirror caps, orange brake calipers, and a new set of one-piece 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with a high-gloss dark stainless steel finish and black lug nuts. The overall look of the exterior speaks for itself. There’s no point expounding on it, really.

Interior

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Interior
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The interior is another matter entirely. Ford dressed up the GT Heritage Edition’s cabin with splashes of retro goodness spread throughout the spaces. The seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner, and even the steering wheel are covered in Ebony Alcantara.

Blue and orange stitching on the seats and steering wheel not only touches on the theme of the car but also provides a colorful contrast to the predominantly black cabin

. Ford even worked on something as minuscule as the upholstery pattern on the seats, proving that no detail is too small for a car that wears such an iconic livery. A few trim pieces were also thrown in for good measure. The paddle shifters, for example, are anodized. The instrument panel, door bezels, and x-brace all wear high-gloss dark stainless steel finishes. And then there’s the carbon fiber, which you can see adorning the door sills, air vents, and center console.

Drivetrain

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There are no powertrain upgrades to speak, but that doesn’t matter. When you have a car with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of scream-inducing torque. The power figures allow the supercar to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about three seconds before it peaks at a top speed of 216 mph.

Further Details

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Even though Ford hasn’t said how many units of this particular Ford GT Heritage Edition it plans to build, each unit that rolls out of the company’s Multimatic production facility in Ontario, Canada will come with a unique identification plate that shows the car’s serial number. There’s enough, too, for fans of the Ford GT who can afford it.

The GT Heritage Edition will run for two years, and as an added treat to its future owners, there is an option to add the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors of the 2019MY of the GT, as well as a ghosted image on the interior panel.

The “9” is a nod to the Ford GT40’s car number when it won the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours. If you prefer the No. 6 graphics in the same places, you can wait for the 2020MY of the same model. It’s fitting because that model will arrive in 2019, the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1969 Le Mans triumph with the GT40 wearing, you guessed it, the No. 6 car number.

Pricing details haven’t been released, but don’t expect the Ford GT Heritage Edition to sell for anything less than the $450,000 Ford is asking for a standard model. Perhaps somewhere north of $500,000 is a fair price point for the new Gulf Oil Ford GT Heritage Edition.

Further Reading

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The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition honors the legendary American Gulf Oil-sponsored Ford GT40 by featuring the most famous paint scheme in motorsports – plus a set of additional exclusive touches.

“Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations. “The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition.”

Known among racing enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, the 1968 GT was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For the first time, an optional package provides exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior of the Ford GT Heritage Edition. For 2019, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. For 2020, No. 6 honors the same car that went on to win Le Mans in 1969 with a different number.

The Heritage Edition features exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and sports unique 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts. Orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.

Ebony Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuates the seats and steering wheel, with a new seat embossment inspired by the original 1968 Le Mans-winning car as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters.

High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior.

Much like previous heritage models, the Ford GT Heritage Edition features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.

“We are delighted to partner with Ford to help the Gulf-themed Heritage Edition Ford GT become reality. The Ford Marque has played a major role in creating Gulf’s place in motoring and motorsporting legend and the same is true in reverse,” enthused MD of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, Ravi Chawla. “Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered and of course Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford’s four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966-1969. What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic motor car – the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Gulf-Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honours.”

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