20 GT LM special race marks the end of the road for the Ford GT road racer
And so it went: after six years and a (revised) total of 1,350 cars, we finally reached the last 20 Ford GTs, also known as the ‘family road car badge with a race car attached’. . Well, that’s what we know as. Ford, unsurprisingly, calls it a Ford GT, but has pushed the boat out for the latest car race, calling the final 20 Ford GT LMs. There are also no prizes for guessing what LM means.
Yes, of course it’s Le Mans, where Ford first found the twin joys of success in drag racing and rubbing Ferrari’s nose against the dirt, a feat it first achieved in 1966, repeated until 1969 and then on. he did the same thing again in general in 2016 with the current one. That is, as we said, go out of production.
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So what kind of toys and trinkets does the last race of cars get in the first place? Apparently you can choose any color, as long as it’s silver (ah, so much Ford history in one place), with a real choice of red or blue interior trim, borrowed from the Le Mans-winning race car’s livery. The various bare carbon fiber parts (splitter, sills, engine grilles, and diffuser) can also proudly boast the same hues, or at least be tinted in a way that comes close to the effect.
Mechanically speaking… well, we’d probably sound like robots. But if we were to discuss the GT LM’s unique mechanical parts, they would include such fascinating topics of discussion as a 3D-printed titanium exhaust, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, and titanium wheel nuts. You can almost feel the spontaneous growth of the adenoids.
In the red versus blue cabin, the seats are also apparently made of carbon fiber, then carefully wrapped (other ways of upholstering the seats are available) in Alcantara, in that curious way that doesn’t match the color of the driver’s and passenger’s seat. passenger. So the driver turns red or blue, but the passenger turns black. Our only guess is that it’s to make the driver feel more special or something, but surely a Ford GT will do a pretty decent job of that already. This thought has been rolling around in our minds for quite some time, and honestly, scratches are everywhere.
But the detail that is still kicking around and, in fact, sticking in our minds is that Ford is also putting on special 3D-printed plates, made from an alloy that includes the melted and ground crankshaft from the LMGTE Pro race car that finished third in class at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. Yes, each of the GT LMs is now sprayed with just that much more motoring than the regular ones.
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But then again, the Ford GT was pretty peppered with motorsports from the start, to put it mildly. To put it with a proper amount of spice, it was a race car at its core, cleverly designed from the start to win drag racing awards and roadside plaudits. To add an extra dash of hot sauce, it’s evident that Ford wanted the success of Le Mans in 2016 to mark 50 years since his grudge-driven defeat of Ferrari in 1966, and he would have no quarter in his campaign to achieve just that: enlist manufacturing, engineering power, and Multimatic racing to build both the race car and the road car, as well as the cars that Ford had entered in the World Endurance Championship. And then have the race-winning Chip Ganassi multi-discipline team run another couple of cars at IMSA. Money was clearly not an issue here.
It wasn’t a statement of intent, either: the race numbers for the GT40s at Le Mans in 2016 were 66, 67, 68 and 69, referring to the years Ford won the event. And in case you didn’t literally put two and two together, the IMSA and WEC cars went to Le Mans. Number 68 won the LMGTE Pro division, while 69 took third place and 66 and 67 took fourth and ninth respectively.
But it is the 69 that has given up its crankshaft to make signs for the end of the street car race. Honestly, we probably would have preferred to see the proper mechanical systems brought from the racing side to the street version for the latest in the line, but how much more motorsport could you bring to what is already essentially a race car? ?