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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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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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