After a months-long wait, Ford has finally revealed the sixth – and likely the last – “Heritage Edition” model of its still-excellent, Le Mans-winning GT supercar: the 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. Because what do you do when you’ve already produced six different GT Heritage Edition models, each more obscure than the last? You keep digging until you find an even more obscure car to pay homage to.
Actually, it might just be that Alan Mann Racing’s extra-lightweight Ford GT40 race car has always been deserving of an homage, and it’s just taken this long to get here. The “AM GT-1” as it was dubbed was an aluminum-bodied version of the Mk I Ford GT40, built and campaigned by the now-defunct British racing outfit Alan Mann Racing. The gold and white over red color scheme that you see here is, of course, a nod to the team’s chosen colors, and it looks particularly fetching on the current-generation 2022 Ford GT.
As substantial as the AM GT-1’s weight savings were next to the factory Ford GT40, neither of the two cars built by Alan Mann Racing ever saw action at Le Mans, as Ford dropped its support for the project and threw its weight behind the 7.0L-powered GT40 Mk II instead.
2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition: Vintage Aesthetics, Modernized
The Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition is immediately recognizable by its red paint with gold over-the-roof racing stripes, Frozen White accent stripes, and white roundels on either door wearing the number 16. The car wears its lightweight carbon fiber like a badge of honor, with exposed gloss carbon on the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser, engine louvres, mirror covers, and of course, the wheels. It’s even strewn about the cabin; the door sills, console, and registers are all visibly made of the stuff.
Other little touches aren’t quite so obvious, such as the black-with-red-graphics Brembo brake calipers and black lug nuts. Harder to miss are the gold appliqués on the instrument panel, door register bezels, and seat X-brace, the gold and red seat accent stitching, and the Alan Mann Red paddle shifters.
“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,” says Alan Mann Racing Ltd. Director Henry Mann. “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, [is] a magical occasion.”
Following this Heritage Edition, production of the Ford GT is scheduled to phase out by the end of this year. We’re still waiting on one more “send off” Ford GT to rule them all, but the clock is indeed ticking. Following the Ford GT, Multimatic Motorsports will be busy with building both the Ford Mustang GT3 set to go racing next year as well as the Ford Bronco DR Baja 1000 race truck. Both machines feature 5.0L Coyote V8 power.