The Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] new GT race car doesn’t make its competition debut until the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, scheduled for the last weekend of January, but there’s plenty of testing and fine tuning to complete before it’s ready for action. This video gives us an inside look at what the development process is like. It includes footage of the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 on the dynamometer, the suspension being given a thorough workout, and the initial tests at Sebring and Daytona.
As previously reported, the new GT race car will be entered in both the United SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship, with the latter containing the all-important 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Fielding it will be a works team operated by current Ford partner Chip Ganassi Racing together with businessman Felix Sabates. It will be a split-team, four-car effort. The driver lineup will be announced at a later date.
Being based on a production car, in this case the GT road car due late next year or in early 2017, the GT race car will be competing against other production-based racers in the GT Le Mans (USCC) and GTE (WEC) categories.