The GT, Ford’s historical icon, is back for 2016! Once again it has a mission, the 2016 GT is aiming to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Why is racing the 2016 Ford GT at Le Mans significant? Here’s why!
Ford brought its all-new for 1966 GT40 out to race in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France with one goal, to totally kick Ferrari’s butt at its own sport. You see, Ford tried to buy Ferrari in the mid-1960s, but Enzo Ferrari backed out of the deal at the last second. Ford wasn’t too happy about this, so they went to build their “Ferrari killer” known as the GT40. And it worked, not only did the GT40 win in 1966, it won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! It continued to do so until 1969 too. Ford remembered this victory, and for 2016 they decided to bring their new 2016 GT back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The new 2016 GT was unveiled just a few months ago, and it’s been the most talked about model in Ford’s Performance division! This car not only marks the return of the GT, but also the emergence of a new performance car powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 instead of the tradition V8. The new Le Mans spec GT is making advantages in aerodynamics, light-weight design, and EcoBoost power that make it incredibly competitive in motorsports on a global level.
With the help of Multimatic Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, the GT has been tested and perfected to make it ready for the start of its racing life. Even Roush Yates Engines has supported the development of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost to help make it the most powerful EcoBoost engine Ford has made!
The new 2016 GT will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the GT Endurance class for professionals aka LM GTE Pro. However, the GT will make its racing debut in January next year at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida. The drivers of this amazing machine will be announced at a later date, but in the mean time we hope for another 3, 2, 1 photo finish in 2016.