We recently reported that Ford could unveil a new version of its GT supercar at the 2020 Petersen Car Week. Now, the automaker has confirmed exactly that, announcing that it will reveal the 2021 Ford GT along with two new special variants, on Sunday, August 15th.
FoMoCo says that one of the new models will be a 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which is said to honor the car’s earliest endurance racing roots. The other model will feature a special graphics package.
It’s hard to get a clear view from the teaser video (included below), which is par for the course with teasers in general. Even so, we were able to grab a relatively clear image of the new Heritage Edition from the clip between various flashes of light. While the overall shape of the GT super car hasn’t changed, it’s clear that the Heritage Edition will wear the number 98 while featuring a striking red-on-white livery.
That paint job is a throwback to the Ford GT’s early racing roots, as 98 was the number on the GT40 Mk II that Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby drove to victory at the Daytona 24 in 1966. Piloted by Miles, the GT40 even went on to almost win at Le Mans in a storied race against Ford’s rival at the time, Ferrari.
The Blue Oval didn’t provide much details about the second, as-of-yet unnamed GT variant that will be revealed during the event. The company only calls it a “Studio Collection Graphics Package” in its announcement.
As we mentioned above, the reveal event will take place on Sunday, August 15th, and Ford Authority will be on hand to cover the announcement. It’s worth noting that the 2020 Petersen Car Week is full of other exciting automotive reveals and presentations from the likes of BMW, Koenigsegg, and auctions from Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s.