Most of you know the Ford GT40 super-car for its tremendous victory at the 1966 Le Mans ‘race around the clock” and on the eve of this year’s 24 Hours Le Mans race Ford confirms that the monster will return for the Le Mans 2016 race with their all new GT supercar which they unveiled not too long ago.
Bill Ford (Ford executive chairman) said at an announcement earlier that; “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,” “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 will be competing in the GTE Pro class which is at the highest level for production based cars. This means that the new Ford GT will be racing cars from the likes of Aston Martin, Porsche, Chevrolet and Ferrari. Ford will also be competing in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) which the Le Mans race is part of.
We previously wrote about the GT40 and listed the Ford GT as one of the 5 cars that were way ahead of their time, and it wasn’t for no reason. The Ford GT40 ended Ferrari’s killing spree by being placed first, second and third in the 1966 running Le Mans and continued to do so in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
The mock-up you see here of the 2016 Ford GT Le Mans race car features the twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost engine which is a great and efficient power-plant to begin with. Aside from power, air comes into to play on that slippery body the Ford GT has. Aerodynamics play a major role in keeping this beast on the track with super high downforce and minimal drag to ensure great levels of stability.