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First Ford GT Heritage Edition is inspired by the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental

A limited run of Ford GT Heritage Edition models will feature a race-inspired livery.

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Ford Performance has taken inspiration from a historic Daytona win to create the first Heritage Edition Ford GT. The unique livery will be available on just 40 upcoming 2021 and 2022 GT models.

The livery on the new GT pays homage to the old, with a modern twist. It features a Frozen White exterior paint job with exposed carbon fiber. There are Race Red accents on the car's front fascia and roof edge, driver's side door, and underneath the rear wing. Exposed carbon fiber shapes the signature 98 roundel graphics and there are Unique Ford graphics on the lower rear-quarter panels. One-piece Heritage Gold 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels are paired with red lacquered Brembo monoblock brake calipers to complete the look.

2021/2022 Ford GT Heritage Edition

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Similar styling was on the GT that won the race where Ford achieved its first 24-hour endurance win at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race - the contest fictionalized in the movie "Ford vs. Ferrari". During that race, co-drivers Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby led a 1-2-3-5 Ford domination at Daytona, kicking off a sensational season for the Ford GT40 MK II, with additional 1-2-3 wins at Sebring and Le Mans. This Heritage Edition is the first to feature a livery famous for a race other than Le Mans.

"Miles and Ruby led nearly every lap of the 24-hour race and outpaced the competition by 30 miles," said Severson. "The win was the first time anyone had threatened Ferrari's dominance in sports car racing and represented a turning point in the Ford GT race program."

1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental The 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race featured the No. 98 Ford GT.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The car's inside is better-appointed than the '66 GT race car. It features a black Alcantara suede-wrapped instrument panel, headliner, and steering wheel rim. There are anodized red paddle shifters and red Alcantara suede performance seats.

"For this Heritage Edition, the Ford Performance team went deeper into the Ford GT's race history and crafted a limited-edition model that stylistically honors the 55th anniversary of the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race that would eventually lead to our successes at Le Mans," said Mike Severson, Ford GT program manager. "Plus, for customers who want to highlight the carbon-fiber body and functional cooling ducts that help deliver Le Mans-winning performance, the Ford GT Studio Collection offers another new way GT fans can personalize their supercars."

Buyers can choose to upgrade their GT with the optional Heritage Upgrade Package. It includes 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels with a unique gloss red-painted inner accent barrel, black monoblock brake calipers with red Brembo lettering, ghosted 98 roundels, and driver and passenger carbon fiber door panels.

1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby in 1966. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Additionally, the company debuts a new Studio Collection today. The Studio Collection graphics package features customizable colors that highlight key styling elements, including the functional cooling ducts. The package was born from a collaboration between Ford Performance and Ford GT manufacturer, Multimatic.

"The combination of the stripes and accents invokes the emotion of speed and draws your eye to some of the most prominent features of the GT," said Nicoghosian. "The fuselage, buttresses and signature features on the headlights provide visual anchors for the graphics, guiding your eye across the vehicle."

Deliveries of the 2021 model year Ford GT begin in early 2021, with Ford GT production wrapping up in 2022.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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Three two-women teams will compete in a new Bronco or Bronco Sport.

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As the pandemic ramped up last summer, auto event organizers were canceling left and right to avoid gathering groups of people to spread the virus. A few events went on, especially outdoor racing events such as the Rebelle Rally. The all-woman off-road event covers desert terrain in Nevada and California, and this year Ford Motor Company is sending three teams to compete in different versions of the Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs.

All three teams will compete in some sort of Bronco SUV. Shelby Hall and Penny Dale, who drive a Bronco Sport in last year's Rebelle Rally, return to the competition in 2021, this time with a Bronco two-door. Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will pilot a Bronco Sport in the X-cross class and novice racers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant from accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts will drive a four-door Bronco in the 4x4 class.


2021 Rebelle Rally Two Broncos and a Bronco Sport will compete. Ford


The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are both Badlands models. The two-door Bronco is a Wildtrak model. All of the SUVs have been decked out in special Bronco 4600-inspired race livery. The two-door Bronco will enter the competition equipped with the Sasquatch package, but will otherwise retain is factory stock configuration. The Bronco Sport will also remain stock, other than having its back seat removed. Ford says the 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the four-door Bronco.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally in the United States. Teams are not allowed to use electronic maps, such as in-dash navigation or mapping tools built into smartphones. Ford says its teams will disable the features in the Broncos they'll be driving in the event.


2021 Rebelle Rally The Bronco Sport will remain stock, but will have its back seats removed.Ford

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