Autoart launches a gorgeous 1/18 scale Heritage edition …
No doubt in my mind that the original Ford GT40 was the most beautiful enclosed race car ever and the street versions created by Ford since 2017 are likewise top-shelf designs, both retro and cutting edge.
The flying buttresses on each side, just behind the doors, that allow air to rush through to provide downforce are both beautiful and inspired. They also helped Ford race these successfully at Le Mans and in IMSA sports car endurance races the past several years, further enhancing Ford’s race cred.
Now Ford has announced the final run of these exquisite gas burners, and with it they revealed a variety of Heritage editions. Autoart is modeling three of the current Heritage trims. Our sample car is Wimbledon White (an off-white) with Antimatter Blue (nearly black) trim.
Officially this is known as the 2022 GT 1964 Prototype Heritage Edition, honoring the first GT/101 Prototype of the Ford GT. That got the GT40 ball rolling until the breakthrough year of 1966 when drivers Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby won the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ford GT. In fact, the Fords took the top three spots before heading off to Le Mans in France where they would also sweep the podium, and then win three more years in a row.
So now 57 years after those Daytona 24 and Le Mans wins comes these Heritage models of the Ford GT that debuted in 2017 and now wraps its production run. The modern version touts a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes an incredible 660 horsepower while producing 550 pound-feet of torque.
That translates to a top speed of 216 and Car and Driver tells us it’ll do 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat, or 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds. Freaky fast, although McLaren and Bugatti can boast slightly better, but then they cost more, generally.
Although these current Ford GTs are not for you and me. They list at $500,000 and the Heritage models add another $100k on top of that. Once purchased their value will hit $1 million or more due to scarcity though, so if you’ve got the spare cash they could be a fine investment.
All have 7-speed automatic dual-clutch trannys and boast dual titanium exhausts that are said to give their engines a distinctive and racy roar. I’ve only heard them online, but I know how great the Mustang GTs sound, so it’s likely.
Another cool feature, hollow taillights to help dissipate heat, and double bi-spoke carbon fiber 20-inch wheels, plus carbon-ceramic brakes to keep the Ford GT light, and stop it quickly.
While the Ford GT rides on a 106.7 inch wheelbase it’s just 43.7 inches high, so it can’t be called a GT40, and GT43.7 is pretty awkward. The supercar weighs just 3,381 pounds.
As for the model, it offers all the detail you’d expect at this price, an opening rear engine cover, flip-out scissor style doors, a small opening frunk with white coolant containers inside, and a rear spoiler that can be raised with a release under the car’s tail. Front wheels are posable too.
The paint job is superb, although I gotta say the Antimatter Blue is so dark you’ll think it’s black unless in direct sunlight. That blue covers the nose and then is repeated in a wide racing stripe over the roof and tail, including the spoiler.
The GT has dark mesh grille work atop the nose beside the frunk and the headlights are highly detailed HD models with a clear lens covering the elements beneath. There’s more dark mesh grille work under the nose, which naturally features a Ford blue oval logo.
Carbon-fiber finished side rocker panel skirting run along the lower door edges and car’s body with a black multi-finned diffuser tucked under the tail. There’s a Ford license plate back there too. The twin center exhausts are matte silver to reflect the titanium pipes on the original, and the big round red taillights are hollowed at the center.
Under the windowed rear hatch it’s easy to see the top of the twin-turbo V6 with labeling that says Powered by Ford. There’s not a lot else to see as mock carbon fiber trims the engine and acts as a shroud around it. Note there is a tiny pentagonal trunk with flocked flooring in back too.
Flip up those doors for a decent view of the Lightspeed Blue interior with black dash and wheel, but it all looks very dark, although in proper light you can see the two bucket seats are dark blue. There’s a GT logo atop each floor panel beside the seats and atop where a rocker panel would be if those doors didn’t include the car’s bottom edge as part of the door. This is all as in the original car, naturally.
The Ford GT’s racing steering wheel features a flat top and bottom and the dash detail is good, including a hood over the gauges with more fake carbon fiber trim atop that and the dash’s leading edge. Again it’s dark inside, so you’ll need a flashlight to see much detail. Yet you are really not buying a 1/18 scale Ford GT to look at the interior, it’s the exterior that screams speed and generates excitement.
That extends all the way down to the wheels, which are black to reflect the original’s carbon fiber wheels. Plus there are drilled disc brake rotors behind those wheels with silver Brembo calipers. The black wheels also feature black and silver GT center caps.
Other details to note are large white mirrors on black stalks that extend quite a ways to allow a driver to see around the flying buttresses and the car’s muscular hips. More black mesh in the air ducts in front of the rear wheels too, and Ford is emblazoned just in front of those wheels and above the carbon fiber ground effects skirting.
Autoart also plans two other Heritage Editions, a red No. 16 with gold and white stripes to represent cars raced by the Alan Mann team, and a gold and red version representing Holman Moody, the famous Ford-backed race team. Both will be the same price as this first release, $240, and are available for pre-order at the Autoart website.
Vital Stats: Ford GT Heritage Edition Prototype
Stock No.: 72926