Carbon Revolution wheels on 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition celebrating lightweight racing heritage
11 February 2022
Carbon Revolution wheels are included as standard fitment on the just-revealed 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. This special edition supercar pays tribute to Alan Mann Racing’s 1966 Ford GT lightweight experimental prototypes, which paved the way for Ford’s success at Le Mans.
The Heritage Edition honours Alan Mann Racing’s signature red and gold livery, while incorporating lightweight components to celebrate the role of Alan Mann Racing in developing the famous Ford racecar.
Displayed at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show alongside the original AM GT-1 prototype, the limited edition 2022 GT includes a dual over-the-roof racing stripe, Frozen White signature accent stripes and roundels with No. 16 on the doors, bonnet and underside of the rear wing.
Exposed gloss carbon fibre components are prominent, most notably the 20-inch Carbon Revolution wheels. Other carbon fibre exterior details include the front splitter, side sills, mirrors, engine louvres and rear diffuser. Carbon fibre carries into the cabin, appearing on the door sills, console and registers.
The Carbon Revolution wheels are structurally stiffer than the standard aluminium wheels offered on the Ford GT, while at the same time saving two pounds of unsprung, rotating weight per wheel.
On the track, and the road, this translates to increased mechanical grip, better steering feel and improved acceleration and braking. The combination of these benefits allows faster lap times.
Lessons in lightweight
In 1965-66, Alan Mann Racing used lighter materials to create the AM GT-1 prototype, along with a second car, based on the Ford GT Mk I. Lessons learned from the use of these lightweight materials improved the capabilities of the GT40 and helped Ford win Le Mans with the GT Mk II in 1966.
Today, Carbon Revolution carries on that weight saving philosophy, on the most impactful parts of the vehicle to improve performance, handling and efficiency, on the road and the racetrack.
The Ford GT Heritage Edition series celebrates the GT’s historic moments including its Le Mans-winning titles. The 2022 Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition is the seventh Heritage Edition vehicle.