Ford Bids Farewell To $500,000 Ford GT With Final Le Mans Edition
The American supercar’s swan song is literally infused with pieces of a Ford GT race car.
The Ford GT’s discontinuation will be fulfilled this year, thus ending a legacy that began with a Carroll-Shelby-coached 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 Le Mans endurance race, spawned the first American production supercar in the 2000s, and added yet another feather to its hubcap with a Le Mans victory in 2016. The 2022 Ford GT LM Edition is the coda.
This is the 10th and final entry in the Ford GT limited edition series that was introduced in the model’s first run from 2005 to 2006 and resumption from 2017 to present. The carbon fiber body comes lacquered in Liquid Silver paint.
Meanwhile, exposed carbon fiber pieces like the front splitter, side sills, engine bay louvers and rear diffuser can be tinted either red or blue—colors honoring the 2016 Le Mans winner.
Inside, the driver’s Alcantara-clad seat is rendered red or blue depending on the the exterior bits, and the Ebony passenger seat’s stitching is color-matched to the driver’s seat. There’s more Ebony leather and Alcantara upholstery throughout the cabin and carbon fiber covering the console, vent registers and lower A pillars.
But there’s an interior element that supersedes these cosmetic elements in significance. The Ford GT that scored third at Le Mans 2016—the same year its teammate won—was located so Ford’s team could grind its crankshaft into a powder, incorporate that powder into an alloy, and 3D-print the instrument panel badge for the 2022 Ford GT LM Edition.
The titanium exhaust was also 3D-printed, albeit without magical GT dust, and tipped with a cyclonic design that hints at the 660-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 between the axles.
“With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “As we close this chapter of the road-going Ford GT, the GT LM Edition gave us a chance to inject even more heart and soul from a podium-finishing racecar, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win.”
Limited to just 20 examples, the 2022 Ford GT is expected to cost upward of $500,000, with deliveries commencing this fall.