Ford has unveiled the all-new Ford GT supercar that will race in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking the 50th anniversary of Ford winning the prestigious race in 1966.
The race car is based on the performance supercar that will go on sale next year. The GT will compete in LM GTE Pro, the Le Mans GT Endurance class for professional teams and drivers.
The Ford GT is a temple of innovation that Ford believes can give it a competitive edge at Le Mans and also trickle down to other models. Among them are improved aerodynamics, advanced lightweight composites featuring carbon fiber.
For the Ford GT race car, the Detroit automaker is working with Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Castrol, Michelin, Forza Motorsport, Sparco, Brembo and CGRFS. The car was designed and tested by Ford and Multimatic, with CGRFS adding input.
The GT will run also run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida in January.
The two Ford teams will be operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS). Both series teams intend to compete with a four-car effort at Le Mans. Drivers will be announced later.
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