Earlier this year we revealed our new Ford GT race car would be making a historic return to Le Mans in June 2016 – 50 years after the legendary GT40 registered the first of four consecutive wins.
Ahead of that though, in April, we in the U.K. will be the first to see a duo of Ford GT race cars make their European debut at the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Silverstone.
The newly announced provisional calendar also includes iconic circuits in Belgium and Germany, as well as tracks in Bahrain, China, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. The Ford GT race car also is competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC) where it makes its global competition debut in January in Daytona, Florida.
“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. Let the racing begin!”
Based on the Ford GT supercar and powered by the same Ford 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine, the Ford GT race car is engineered from advanced lightweight composites featuring carbon fibre for an exceptionally rigid but light chassis.