PRESS RELEASE - Ford announced last Friday that it is returning to one of the most prestigious motor races in the world with a racing Ford GT, based on the new high-performance model that will go on sale next year.
El Ford GT He will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting next year. The car, unveiled three days ago at the famous Le Mans circuit, will compete in the Le Mans GT Endurance class for professional teams and drivers, the LM GTE Pro.
The new competition model is based on the new Ford GT presented in January at the Detroit Motor Show. Both the street version and the competition version will arrive in 2016, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the triplet starring the oval brand in the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As you probably know, Ford repeated triumph in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
[su_quote cite = »Bill Ford, CEO of FMC»]
When the GT40 raced at Le Mans in the 60s, Henry Ford II sought to show that Ford could beat the most legendary race car manufacturers. We continue to be extremely proud to have won four consecutive editions and that same innovative spirit, responsible for the first Ford GT, is what drives us today.
The racing Ford GT will participate in all events of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. His debut will take place in January 2016 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona Florida, the two teams will be operated by Chip Ganassi Racing and Felix Sabates (CGRFS). They want to participate with a total of four cars at Le Mans and their drivers announced later.
The new production model will be at the top of the product of the also new range Ford Performance, a cutting-edge division dedicated to high performance.
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High performance models
Ford Performance will dedicate its experience and effort to accelerating innovations in high-performance models and components so that they can then be applied throughout the Ford range.
The Ford Performance vehicle range will include the Ford GT, Focus RS and ST, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R and Fiesta ST.
[su_quote cite = »Mark Fields, President and CEO of FMC»]
“Ford remains globally focused on three priorities: Accelerating our plan One Ford, continue to offer an excellent product that prioritizes innovation in every aspect of our business. We have brought these three principles together to create the new Ford GT. "