Ford already working on a GT successor, could return to Le Mans

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 7, 2014

Ford will celebrate in 2016 the 50th anniversary of its first of four consecutive victories from the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. In order to properly celebrate the anniversary it appears that Ford is preparing the biggest surprise for its fans and will bring back the GT for 2016. According to company insiders, Ford already started working on a mid-engined supercar that will take on other high-performance models.

What’s more interesting is that Ford is also preparing to return to Le Mans and take to the top of the podium. The old Ford GT used a 5.8-liter V8 engine but raking in consideration that the manufacturer started supplying engines to Daytona Prototype cars in the Tudor racing series, we might see that engine on the upcoming supercar.

A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that delivers 600 hp helped a Chip Ganassi Racing/Felix Sabates Riley car win the 12 Hours of Sebring. Still, a proper supercar needs a proper V8 sound and the current 5.0-liter V8 used by the 2015 Mustang GT could also be a solution.

Ford managed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969, but things are changed and now the endurance race is dominated by hybrid prototypes such as the Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro, the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the Toyota TS040.

If the new Ford GT will be similar to the old one, the racing version will compete in the GTE-Pro class next to the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Ferrari 458 GT2, Porsche 911 RSR or the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2. Don’t forget that the Ford GT was built to celebrate the GT40’s 40th anniversary.

This means that Ford’s mission is even harder and the manufacturer has to build something iconic and if it manages to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with their new supercar, it will be their best present ever! [source: MotorTrend.com]

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