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Ford Just Announced the New Ford GT Le Mans Racecar

Well this is one hell of a way to end the week! Ford just announced today that the GT will return to Le Mans next year. In case you’re wondering, yes it’s the new Ford GT that was just announced in January, and yes it’s the same one with the twin turbo EcoBoost V6. Consider this the answer to all those who asked: “Why Ford, why would you ruin our favorite American supercar with a weird design and of all things, A V6 POWER PLANT!?”

I’d say this is a sufficient answer. Just take a look at the thing…Ford GT Le Mans 2

Here’s the official press announcement from Ford:

Ford will return to competitive action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2016 with an all-new generation of Ford GT race car, half a century after securing a 1-2-3 finish at the prestigious race with the iconic Ford GT40 in 1966.

The Ford GT race car is a proof point of Ford innovation and is based on the all-new ultra-high-performance Ford GT supercar unveiled in January 2015.

The Ford GT race car will compete in the LM GTE Pro class of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 2016, and will run the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The two Ford teams will be operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Also joining Ford in this project are Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Castrol, Michelin, Forza Motorsport, Sparco, and Brembo.

Competition is going to be tough next year, and we can’t wait to see how this beast will do. Ford has yet to release any performance specs on this car, but something tells us it’s hardly going to be a slouch around the track.

Ford GT Le Mans 3

Most importantly, I want to shake the hand of whoever designed the diffuser. LMP and F1 cars aside, this is seriously the best diffuser I’ve ever seen on a race car.Ford GT Le Mans 4

Ford GT Le Mans 5

Here’s the official press release video, filled with tons of CGI and hopefully the GT’s real race exhaust note:

Link to the entire press release here.

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