The Ford GT has sat atop the company’s Icon lineup since its triumphant return and subsequent victory at Le Mans in 2016. Since then we’ve gotten a few special edition variants of the Blue Oval’s supercar, including the Heritage Edition, the track-focused Mk II and the Liquid Carbon Edition. Now though, there are rumors suggesting that Ford may take the cover off of an all-new variant on August 16.
These rumors were first reported on by the folks over at The Supercar Blog, who suggest that Ford’s plans for the Petersen Car Week are grander than we expected. Hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, this new online event was created to fill the void left by the cancelation of Monterey Car Week. Eight new vehicles are slated to be debuted during the show, one of which we know is going to be a Ford product. Based on their current product plans, a new Ford GT variant does seem like it could be a likely explanation.
Back when the Liquid Carbon Edition Ford GT debuted at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, MC&T had an opportunity to sit down with Dave Pericak, who helms Ford’s Icons team. When we asked about the possibility of more GT special editions coming down the road before its 2022 exit from the market, he had a rather cryptic response for us.
“We always up the game,” said Pericak.
A lot of speculation is floating around right now regarding this new GT as a road-going version of the Mk II, but Pericak also confirmed to us at that time that such a project wouldn’t happen. The modifications made to the Mk II simply make it too difficult to effectively maintain a streetable car, though Pericak did say that there is a possibility to bring some hardware down from the track-only model. For now, we will just have to wait until Sunday to see what Ford has in store for America’s Le Mans champion.