2014 Ford EcoBoost Daytona PrototypeEnlarge Photo
A week ago we heard that Ford was looking to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 to mark 50 years since its legendary first win at the event with the GT40. While we originally heard that Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] was looking to launch a new GT supercar and compete in Le Mans' GTE category for production-based cars, a new report claims Ford is more likely to compete in the LMP2 category with a new prototype race car.
RACER reports that Ford is considering entering not just Le Mans but the full World Endurance Championship with a version of its EcoBoost Daytona Prototype currently competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. When quizzed on the matter, Ford Racing spokesman Kevin Kennedy neither confirmed nor denied the possibility.
A 2016 return would be ideal for history buffs, though a return in 2017 would be a smarter move for Ford as new regulations will see the LMP2 class of the WEC match up with the Prototype class of the USCC.
Interestingly, RACER also reports that Ford is currently seeking an aerodynamics supervisor for its stock car and sports car programs.