Historically, I must admit that I am always watching the exercise to add traditional racing deliveries to modern supercars a little lateral. For a long time it struck me so little more than rich boys and gals who played dress. Specifically, used to be the way I felt for 2006 when I fell under the same spell. That's when I spent a few days on the wheel of that new, new generation Ford GT in powder blue and orange Gulf Oil livery. That car did not reorient my worldview as a beautiful minted full-time car journalist, it reset my personal barometer for cool. And so surprisingly, I'm looking forward to this 201
Set for a two-year production run, the Gulf appearance is not a single package, it's a proper multi-phase paint scheme that follows the heels of last year's Race Red and White 1967 Heritage Edition. The special limited edition was a tribute to the all-American racing team Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt who won Le Mans in a similarly engaged GT40 Mark IV. In turn, it followed the black and silver 66 Heritage Special Tribute to Bruce McLaren and Chris Ammon's Le Mans winning GT40 Mark II revealed in 2016.
New to this 2019 Ford GT Gulf is an exposed carbon fiber accent package which includes No. 9 graphics on the doors and the hood, plus a "ghost image" on the door panels in the cabin. Next year, the 2020 Ford GT models specified in the Gulf Heritage delivery will wear number 6, in confirmation of the same car 1969 Le Mans wins that number.
It is not just paint that marks the Gulf Heritage model, the special Ford GT receives specific 20-inch forged aluminum wheels completed in high gloss dark stainless and black shutters. The latter shelf matching orange brake calipers, which in turn is settled by silver mirror capsules.
Inside, nostalgia continues on this 647 horsepower supercar, highlighted by a new set pattern designed to elicit the appearance of buckles in the 1968 Le Mans winner. The cabin is slim in black Alcantara, with blue and orange seams that carry on the theme, as well as dark stainless trim is applied to x-brace, door panel plumbing and dashboard. The other HVAC channels, center console and door platforms are finished in visible carbon. As you would expect from a vehicle like this, a serial plaque is also part of the program.
The price of the 201 GT Ford Gulf Heritage Heritage has not been announced, but it's likely to be close to a cool half million dollar.
I do not yet have the privilege of driving the new Ford GT, but if ever, I hope my opportunity will be completed in this Gulf Heritage look. Seeing this fabulous powder blue and orange paint program used on the wonderfully angled second generation Ford GT, makes me feel wistful of the former incarnation, which in itself was designed to induce sentimentality.
It turns out that cyclical nostalgia is real and it is a powerful force.