This 350kph Ford GT celebrates the famous 1966 Le Mans win

By topgear, 12 April 2022

And what better way than to layer it with goooooold (paint)? Final special revealed

This is the Ford GT Holman Moody Heritage Edition, the last of the special edition Ford GTs released that celebrate various GT40 racing successes. This one celebrates the best – Ford’s famous 1-2-3 win at the 1966 Le Mans 24hrs.

The first question on your lips is likely the most pertinent. Who on earth is Holman Moody?

Well, Holman Moody is the now defunct race team that helped Ford make the MkII GT40 race car very racy indeed. Tasked by Ford’s Le Mans committee, Holman Moody (and of course Shelby American) spent eight days smashing out 265 laps sorting out the fundamentals.

Stuff like the brakes, suspension and tyre setups. Even an auto ‘box. Of course, it paid off because Ford won in 1966. And the year after. And the year after that. And…

Anyway, to the new car. It gets that fetching gold and red paintjob, a few ‘No 5’ roundels stamped over the body, gloss carbon fibre components, carbon fibre interior appointments, some Alcantara and yet more gold inside. The brakes, suspension and tyres remain as per the ‘regular’ Ford GT, and the twin-turbo V6 remains unchanged too: still 647bhp, still supremely fast.

Just like the ’66 car. “Of all the Ford GT Heritage Edition liveries we’ve done, the Holman Moody’s can’t miss signature gold and red theme is an epic tribute to our 1966 Le Mans finish,” said Ford GT programme manager Mike Severson.