Ford has announced that in 2016, the 50th anniversary of their victory at Le Mans in 1966, they will return to the ultimate endurance race series with the new Ford GT. The car will compete in the LM GTE Pro class as part of an all-new Ford factory program in the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. A two-team, four-car effort will be undertaken with Chip Ganassi Racing and Felix Sabates.
“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”
The Ford GT will run the full schedules of the FIA and TUDOR series.