If you know anything about motorsport at all, you’ll have probably seen Gulf racing livery. The classic light blue and orange combination is almost instantly recognisable, and is considered to be one of the best-ever racecar paint schemes.
The Ford GT has long been associated with the colours of Gulf Oil – in fact, this new car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first one. In 1968, Ford won the Le Mans endurance race in this livery, creating an iconic partnership that also led to the 2005 Ford GT being available in blue and orange.
This time around, the company has waited a couple of years to offer the Ford GT Heritage Edition, but it has thrown in a few goodies to make this one even more desirable than ‘standard’ GTs. Extra carbon fibre, darker alloy wheels, orange brake calipers and silver mirror caps mark this car out (if you didn’t spot the stripe). Cars delivered in 2019 will have ‘9’ decals – commemorating 1968’s winning car – and Ford will flip the number around for 2020 cars to celebrate the number 6 car coming first in 1969.
Inside, there’s some rather lovely blue and orange stitching, enough carbon fibre to make an F1 car jealous, new paddles behind the button-heavy steering wheel, and a special plaque. The latter will ensure that it’ll always be too expensive for many of us to comprehend.
“We are delighted to partner with Ford to help the Gulf-themed Heritage Edition Ford GT become reality,” says the boss of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd, Ravi Chawla. “Every Gulf outright victory at Le Mans has been Ford-powered and of course Gulf Ford GT40s took the latter two wins of Ford’s four consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1966-69.
“What could be more fitting than both brands coming together to produce this fantastic car – the modern spiritual successor to the amazing Ford GT40s that took Le Mans and World Championship honours.”