Two Ford GT racers will compete on April 17th in the 6 Hours of Silverstone: the cars will run in all nine WEC events for 2016, including the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours – 50 years after the famous Ford GT40 scored the first of four consecutive Le Mans victories.
The Ford GT race car will compete in the LM GTE Pro class, so won’t be going up against the all-conquering Audis and Porsches LMP1 cars, but compete with Porsche 911s, Ferrari 458 Italias and Aston Martin Vantages.
Unlike the original GT40s, the GT thus won’t challenge for an overall Le Mans win, but will be targeting a class win – something Ford feels it’s already capable of doing.
“We believe the Ford GT’s advances in aerodynamics, light-weighting and Ecoboost power will make for a compelling race car that can once again compete on a global stage,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer.
“The same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us as a company today.”
Silverstone won’t be the new Ford GT racer’s competition debut, though: it’s also competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC), and so debut at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.