Ford GT race car presented and announced for 2016 Le Mans
The biggest star of today’s free day at Le Mans was the all-new Ford GT race car. The American manufacturer presented a new car and announced its return to the international racing competition, primarly the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA Tudor United Sports Car Championship.
Of course, the new Ford GT will compete in the 2016 24h Le Mans, exactly 50 years after Ford’s first Le Mans victory in 1966. Back in the sixties, Ford won legendary endurance race four times in a row.
The first race of the new Ford GT will be the 2016 Daytona 24 hours in January. Ford’s TUSC and WEC operations will be run by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Ford GT will be powered by the Roush Yates 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, which has already proven itself in the USC Prototype class. After today’s presentation, further development testing is planned throughout the summer. Also, before the car goes to FIA/ACO performance measurement tests are scheduled for late summer or early autumn.