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2018-08-29 09:27

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Watch the iconic Ford GT40 racer take on the Spa Francorchamps track in Belgium.

The Ford GT Heritage Edition honours the legendary GT40 by featuring one of the most famous paint scheme in motorsport.

Known among racing enthusiasts as chassis No. 1075, the 1968 GT was one of just a few individual cars to achieve repeat victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations, said: "Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports. The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of its win, we’re paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition."

For the first time, an optional package provides exposed carbon fibre accents for both the interior and exterior of the Heritage Edition.

For 2019, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors, as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. For 2020, No. 6 honours the same car that went on to win Le Mans in 1969 with a different number.

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The Heritage Edition features exposed carbon fibre A-pillars and sports unique 20-inch one-piece forged aluminium wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts. Orange callipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.

Ebony Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuates the seats and steering wheel, with a new seat embossment inspired by the original 1968 Le Mans-winning car as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters.

High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior.

Much like previous heritage models, the Heritage Edition features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fibre door sills, air register pods and centre console.

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"We are delighted to partner with Ford to help the Gulf-themed Heritage Edition Ford GT become reality. The Ford Marque has played a major role in creating Gulf’s place in motoring and motorsport legend and the same is true in reverse.

Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered and of course Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford’s four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966-1969.

What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic motor car – the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Gulf-Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honours," enthused MD of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, Ravi Chawla.

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