Car Of The Day: 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition
To honor the 1966 Ford GT lightweight experimental prototypes from Alan Mann Racing, Ford debuted the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. The limited-edition vehicles pays tribute to the role that the prototypes have played and its impact on the history and development of the Ford GT.
It was in 1965-66 that Alan Mann Racing used lighter materials to make the AM GT-1. They also used the same materials on a second car that was based on the GT Mk I. Both prototypes didn’t win any major races, but the use of the lightweight materials was what prompted Ford to do the same, which helped them win Le Mans in 1966 using the GT Mk II.
Aside from the Alan Mann red exterior finish with gold graphics, the limited-edition GT was also given a dual over-the-roof racing stripe and Frozen White signature accent stripes. On the doors, hood, and underside of the rear wing are white roundels with the number 16.
There are also a number of gloss carbon fiber components like the 20-inch wheels, front splitter, mirrors, side sills, rear diffuser, and engine louvers. The Brembo® calipers are finished in black with red graphics matched with black lug nuts to complete the modern look.
Even the interior was given the carbon fiber theme and it can be seen on the door sills, console, and registers. The seats are also carbon fiber wrapped in Ebony Alcantara® with gold and red accent stitching. Embossed on the seating surfaces and the head restraints is the GT logo. The instrument panel was designed with Ebony leather and Alcantara, with the pillars and headliner also wrapped in Ebony Alcantara.
Matte carbon fiber registers, lower A-pillars, console, and door sills are matched with Gold appliques on the door register bezels, instrument panel, and seat X-brace. Even the steering wheel was given the Ebony Alcantara treatment with black stitching accents. The dual-clutch paddle shifters were designed in Alan Mann red which perfectly matches the exterior.