Ford’s duel with Ferrari and eventual victory is something every enthusiast knows of. Fifty years hence, the American carmaker is set to make an entry to endurance racing again, and like the old times, the weapon of choice remains the Ford GT, albeit the new one.
A total of four GTs will be fielded under two factory teams, and for full seasons of both FIA World Endurance Championship (of which the 24h Le Mans is a part) and Tudor United SportsCar Championship, first of which will be the Rolex 24 in January next year. Drivers for the season are set to be announced later.
Based on the new Ford GT, the race car will be powered by a twin-turbo, 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine – which happens to be the most powerful EcoBoost engine made by the company. Other details of the race car include a bespoke aero package, and carbon fibre construction.
The car comes exactly 50 years after Ford GT40's victory at Circuit de la Sarthe in 1966. As for the competition, it will be interesting to see how well the Ford GT fares against its rivals, both old and new alike.
Hold your mustangs, here’s the new Ford GT in its race form.