The 2022 model year is the final year of production for the Ford GT, and car number 1,100 out of 1,350 has recently rolled off the assembly line, which means that production is beginning to reach its end. This information comes from Ford spokesmodel Jiyan Cadiz during an interview with Motor Authority at the Chicago Auto Show. Following the end of Ford GT production, Multimatic will build both the Ford Bronco DR and S650 Ford Mustang GT3 race cars for the automaker.
Ford GT Heritage Edition: Honoring The Past
At the Chicago Auto Show was the newly revealed Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. This seventh Ford GT Heritage Edition was built to celebrate Alan Mann Racing, which helped develop the lightweight bodies for the GT. It’s the second Heritage Edition for the 2022 model year and carries the No. 16 of the original race car it pays homage to. Cadiz noted that build slots are still available for the Alan Mann Heritage Edition and the white and black GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition, which honors the first five prototype cars Ford created in 1964.
Cadiz also revealed information regarding the build numbers for prior Heritage Edition models:
- Only 27 2017 ’66 Heritage Edition cars were built, which honored the No. 2 Ford GT40 Mk II that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove to victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Ford and Multimatic only built 39 of the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition models, which honored the No. 1 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that won Le Mans in 1967.
- Just 50 examples of both the 2019 and 2020 Gulf Livery Heritage Editions were made. The 2019 model depicted the No. 9 car that won Le Mans in 1968, and the 2020 model honored the No. 6 car that won Le Mans in 1969.
- Just 50 units were built of the 2021 Ford GT ’66 Daytona Heritage Edition, which depicted the No. 98 Ford GT40 Mk II race car that Ken Miles drove to victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona.
- Lastly, 343 units of the previous-generation 2006 Ford GT Gulf Livery Heritage Edition were built, commemorating the GT40’s 24 Hours of Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969.
It won’t be long until the last of a legendary, history-writing race car rolls off the assembly line, and we are confident they will continue to appear and fetch high prices at auctions for years to come.
One Last Ford GT Expected To Debut
Based on spy photos and previous commentary from Ford Performance executives, we expect the Ford GT program to debut one final, farewell edition variant that will be made available at the very end of the supercar’s lifecycle. This special model is expected to integrate some go-faster hardware found on the track-only Ford GT Mk II, which represents an unhinged interpretation of the now-retired racecars with more radical aerodynamics, bigger brakes, and more horsepower.