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News Ford Using Crushed Up Race Crank to Make GT LM Edition Special

Ford Using Crushed Up Race Crank to Make GT LM Edition Special

Special edition gets blue or red tint, badge from ground-up race car

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The current-generation Ford GT is getting close to the end of its run. Which, of course, means one more special edition car. The Ford GT LM Edition will be the last one, marking the company’s win at Le Mans in 2016 using parts from that race-winning car.

There have been almost as many special edition GTs as non-special cars. But that’s fitting for the very low-volume and high-demand supercar from Ford. The only supercar, Ford reminds you, that is American and has won Le Mans. Just ignore that it is built in Canada.

The 2022 GT LM starts with liquid silver paintwork, with a red or blue theme as the accent. The latter choices are a tribute to the number 68 car that won Le Mans in 2016.

Buyers can pick red or blue tint for the exposed carbon fibre parts outside. The front splitter, side and door sills, engine bay louvers, and even the mirror stalks get the treatment. The 20-inch carbon fibre wheels will get a matching red or blue accent on the inner wheel barrel, with black paint for the Brembo calipers.

LM GTs will also get a special exhaust. The 3D-printed titanium part has a cyclonic motif inside the tips. Just above the exhaust will be a GT LM badge, also 3D printed from titanium.

Inside, the car will get its Alcantara seats with (you guessed it) red or blue for the driver. The passenger seat will be black but has stitching to match the driver seat.

The real special bit, though, is the dash badge. Ford broke down the third-place car from 2016, number 69, including disassembling the engine. Then the company took the car’s crankshaft and ground it up into a powder. That powder was transformed into a special alloy that could be used in 3D printing. And that’s what the dash badge is made from.

“With innovative materials, design and engineering, the Ford GT is unlike any other production supercar,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “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.”

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