Ford to end production of $500,000 GT supercar with special edition

DETROIT — Ford Motor will end production of its $500,000 GT supercar later this 12 months with a special edition mannequin paying tribute to the automobile's racing heritage.

The Detroit automaker on Wednesday mentioned the 2022 Ford GT LM Edition would be the final mannequin of the third-generation automotive, which was resurrected in 2016 after being a decade out of the market.

Ford mentioned solely 20 of the GT LM Edition vehicles shall be produced. Deliveries are scheduled to start this fall with production wrapping up later this 12 months, in accordance to the automaker.

"As we close this chapter of the road-going Ford GT, the GT LM Edition gave us a chance to inject even more heart and soul from a podium-finishing racecar, furthering the tribute to our 2016 Le Mans win," Mark Rushbrook, international director of Ford Performance Motorsports, mentioned in a launch.

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The GT is a collector's automotive steeped in racing historical past. This GT LM Edition pays tribute to the third-generation supercar's general win on the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours in addition to Ford sweeping the rostrum to beat Ferrari — as portrayed in "Ford v. Ferrari" in 2019 — on the well-known French race in 1966.

The current-generation GT was a shock reveal on the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford stored the automotive a secret even throughout the firm, solely permitting choose executives and staff to work on it in a nondescript basement room in a constructing close to its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Only 1,350 of the third-generation GTs — powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with 660-horsepower and 216 mph prime velocity — had been produced by provider and contract producer Multimatic Inc. of Markham, Ontario, in Canada.

A Ford spokesman declined to touch upon the chance of a fourth-generation GT sooner or later. He additionally declined to touch upon pricing of the most recent restricted edition mannequin, saying GT pricing has began round $500,000.

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