Ford recently announced a new version of the Ford GT. Aptly named the Ford GT LM Edition, the new car pays tribute to Ford’s 2016 Le Mans winning race car (and thus the LM moniker). The GT LM will also be the last GT supercar with the company drawing the curtains on one of its most iconic models. With only 20 units set to be made, each unit of the GT LM comes with a panel badge made from the 2016 race-winning car's engine; a fact that should perhaps make it even more desirable.
The special edition Ford GT LM comes powered by Ford’s in-house EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 engine producing 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. This works in tow with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends the horses to the rear wheels. A setup that’s pretty much identical to that of the 2022 Ford GT. Performance stats like top speed and 0 to 60 time remain to be confirmed. However, we’d be within our rights to expect the two cars to have similar performance ratings.
Exterior and Interior Design
Unveiled in a “liquid silver” hue, buyers of the GT LM will have a choice between blue or red accents for their unit’s finishing. The two colors correspond to the blue and red livery of the Le Mans-winning No. 68 Ford GT. Design-wise, this is perhaps the major difference between the GT LM and the standard 2022 Ford GT.
As expected, Carbon fiber is the material of choice for the body. Additionally, extra aerodynamic pieces like the front splitter, side and door sills, mirror stalks, and rear diffuser are wrapped in either red or blue-tinted carbon fiber.
For the instrument panel badge, Ford says they looked for ways of infusing the Le Mans winning car’s soul into the body of the special edition car. The solution; Ford took the podium-finishing car’s engine off the shelf, pounded the crankshaft into a powder, and developed a “unique bespoke alloy “ that was used in a 3D printer to make the instrument panel badge for each of the 20 units of the special edition GT LM.
Speaking of 3D printing, the car’s dual-titanium exhaust is also produced by 3D printing and features a cyclonic design inside the tips which according to Ford pays tribute to the EcoBoost engine.
On the inside, the 2022 GT LM comes with a rather unique design that matches the red or blue theme on the outside. A pair of carbon fiber seats are wrapped in Alcantara: the driver’s seat will match the car’s chosen accent color while the Ebony passenger seat will come with stitching that matches the driver’s seat color. The center console, event register, and lower A-pillars come in a carbon fiber matte-finish.
A tribute to easily one of the most iconic cars originating from the proverbial Land of Liberty, the Ford GT LM draws the curtains on a lineup of cars that won’t find any difficulty being remembered in history. Deliveries of the Ford GT LM are slated to start this fall with production coming to a halt by the end of the year.