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Ford Performance Set Up The 2006 And 2020 GT Heritage Editions Alongside Each Other

The famous Gulf livery is arguably the most recognizable and one of the most attractive racing liveries to ever come out of motorsport, perhaps only rivaled by the likes of the striped Martini livery. The vintage sky blue and bright orange color combination has graced various racing cars over the years, from Porsche to McLaren racers, to Aston Martin… and even Ford. Though of course, not just any Ford, but the 1968 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 (chassis no. 1075) driven by Belgian Lucien Bianchi and Mexican Pedro Rodriguez. This feat, and the look, continue to be celebrated by today’s Ford GT, as well as the coveted model from 2006.

It almost tricks you into thinking that Gulf is simply a racing livery company, and not an American oil company that was founded in Pittsburgh, PA back in 1901.

On both modern Ford GT supercars we see the iconic orange and blue, as well as familiar racing numbers to connect the lineage of the original Le Mans winner from the 1960s. Today’s Ford GT is a far sleeker and more scientific vehicle than the twin-barrel 4.9L V8-powered GT40 Mk 1 from 50 years ago. That Le Mans winner was said to be rated at 425 hp at 6,000 rpm and 395 lb⋅ft at 4,750 rpm. Today’s very road legal GT produces 640 horsepower from a raspy and wound up 3.5L EcoBoost V6 turbo engine, and there’s even more output to be found in the track-only Ford GT Mk II.

For 2019, the Heritage Edition package featured the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. For 2020, the livery gets No. 6 markings to honor that same GT40 that went on to win Le Mans in 1969, but with a different number. Additionally, an optional exposed carbon fiber package is offered, and the A-pillars are also exposed carbon fiber. Also unique to the Ford GT Heritage Edition are 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts, finished with orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps.

The interior in the 2020 Ford GT Heritage Edition is all business. Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. The black is then accented by Gulf blue and orange stitching, while a unique embossed seat back also pays homage to the 1968 GT40 Mk I.

Polished anodized paddle shifters, high-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior.

Like other Ford GT heritage models, the Gulf-liveried version features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.

Ford has also released ’66 and ’67 Heritage Edition GT supercars in 2016 and 2017, and we happened to catch a ’66 parked just 50 yards away from the pair of Gulfed up GTs at the Ford Performance Display during the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise. Enjoy the gallery below.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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