Ford returning to Le Mans in 2016 with all-new Ford GT race car [video]

Ford will return to Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT supercar to compete in LM GTE Pro class, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory.

The new Ford GT race car is based on the all-new ultra-high-performance GT supercar, unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

Both the production car and race car will arrive in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford went on to repeat its victory at Le Mans in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

“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 Ford GT race car features state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced lightweight composites featuring carbon fibre for an exceptionally rigid but light chassis, and the power and efficiency of EcoBoost technology.

Final specs are not known yet, but the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 developed in conjunction with Roush Yates has already proven a winner in Daytona Prototypes. In the standard road going model it packs over 600bhp.

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