Ford has announced that it will be returning the the Le Mans race track in 2016, fifty years after the 1966 race when Ford secured a 1-2-3 finish with its GT40 Race Car
And this is the car they’ll be taking to the track.
“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman at Ford. “We are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”
Ford says the GT race car will sport a number of features that will make it competitive in its Le Mans class including state-of-the-art aerodynamics that deliver tons of downforce to improve stability and reduce drag. The car also uses advanced lightweight materials and features carbon fibre for a rigid but light chassis. And of course, mounted mid-ship, the car will sport an EcoBoost, turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. The production vehicle is expected to have over 600 hp.
“As we developed the Ford GT, from the outset, we wanted to ensure we had a car that has what it takes to return Ford to the world of GT racing,” said Raj Nair, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “We believe the Ford GT’s advances in aerodynamics, light-weighting and EcoBoost power will make for a compelling race car that can once again compete on a global stage.”