New Ford GT To Race In United SportsCar Championship & 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Report

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The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is set to launch its new Ford Performance brand at next month’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show and word on the street is that a new GT supercar might be unveiled to help launch the brand with a bang. This would be in addition to some awesome machinery such as a new F-150 Raptor, a new Focus RS and perhaps even a track-focused Mustang Shelby GT350R.

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While Ford is yet to drop any hints of a new GT supercar, Autoweek’s sources have revealed that the car is coming, and that a racing version with full factory support will be entered in the 2016 United SportsCar Championship as well as in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. The latter event coincides with the 50th anniversary of Ford’s historic 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with the original GT40.

In the United SportsCar Championship, Ford will reportedly team up with Chip Ganassi Racing, which raced in this year’s inaugural season with an EcoBoost V-6-powered Ford Daytona prototype. If the rumors prove true, Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford will be competing together in the 2016 season with two examples of the new GT supercar. The racing version of the new GT supercar will compete in the GTLM category in the United SportsCar Championship and in the similar GTE category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Rumored to be building the race car is Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports.

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As for the road-going version, Autoweek claims it won’t be a retro design like the previous GT, and that Ford may even use a new name for the car. Only the road-going version is expected at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, with the racing program to be announced at a later date. Unfortunately—or maybe it’s a good thing—vitals like engine specs, pricing and availability all remain unknown.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway January 12.  In the meantime, additional coverage of the event can be accessed via our dedicated hub.

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