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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

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 ContinentalThe 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 ContinentalDan 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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

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That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

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That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

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Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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