Agustin Jimenez
Technical Editor
June 12, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Ford

Ford has just announced that they will be making a return to Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT supercar to compete in the LM GTE Pro class. Ford will be fielding the all-new Ford GT at 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2016, 50 years after clenching the entire podium at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT40.

The all-new Ford factory program will compete in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-team, four-car effort that will be spearheaded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

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“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, Ford Motor Company. “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.”

The new Ford GT race car will make its competition debut in January 2016 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida. While the Ford GT race car bears an obvious resemblance to the original GT40, this car features a number of innovations that Ford believes will not only make it competitive in LM GTE Pro, but ultimately position them to provide benefits to each vehicle in the Ford lineup. These include state-of-the-art aerodynamics to deliver outstanding levels of downforce for improved stability with minimal drag, advanced lightweight composites featuring carbon fiber for an exceptionally rigid but light chassis, and the power and efficiency of EcoBoost technology.

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“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, Ford Motor Company. “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.”

Of course a racing effort takes a village so naturally, Ford is getting some help from some of the biggest names in automotive racing. Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Castrol, Michelin, Forza Motorsport, Sparco, Brembo and CGRFS have all joined forces with Ford to attempt to relive the glory that the GT40 did almost 50 years ago. The race car has undergone extensive design and testing within Ford and Multimatic, with CGRFS providing input into the development. Roush Yates is supporting development of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 – the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever.

Needless to say, we’re definitely looking forward to the all-new EcoBoost powered Ford GT getting out on the track at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Ford GT Le Mans Press Conference Video

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