In the early 1960’s Henry Ford II wanted a Ford running in the famous Le Mans race. After some negotiating and planning the first chassis was delivered on March 16, 1963. The first "Ford GT," the GT/101, was unveiled shortly thereafter in England on April 1.
The Ford GT was first raced in May 1964 at the Nurburgring 1000 Km Race, but did not finish due to suspension issues. Three weeks later the GT entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a legacy began. From 1964 to 1969 the Ford GT dominated the Le Mans, with 1-2-3 finish in 1966. After a win in 1969, the Ford GT never raced again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, until last June.
MATECH, a Swiss-based company founded in 2006 currently works with Ford Racing and is the current supplier for the Ford Mustang FR500 race cars. The joint partnership brought back two Ford GTs to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 12, 2010.
Even though neither of the Ford GTs finished the race, and there will be no return of the LMGT1 category to the 2011 Le Mans series, MATECH is producing 10 Ford LMGT race cars that are built to meet the new ACO LMGT Endurance Category regulations.
MATECH is determined to make a statement one way or another with the return of the Ford GT to the Le Mans, just like it did some 44 years ago.
MATECH is teasing its new film Reborn, about the long road it took to return the Ford GT back to the Le Mans.