Ford GT Race Car to Debut at Rolex 24; Euro Debut at Silverstone
Since it was first rumored that Ford was planning on relaunching the GT, it was almost guaranteed that the ultimate goal was bringing the supercar to the race track in order to conquer Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s famed 1-2-3 finish. Since the GT race car was revealed in June, the question has been just when the public would get to lay eyes on Ford’s performance car. Now, we have the answer.
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Ford announced on Monday that the GT race car will make global debut in January at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, taking part in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This will be followed by its European racing debut at Silverstone next April for the first round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In the WEC, two GTs will compete in the GT-Endurance Pro Class for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy over the course of nine rounds of action.
“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!”
Ford will announce drivers at a later date. Stay tuned.
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