Back in the 1960s, Ford and its GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an incredible four times in a row. During the 60s, the American firm was continually competing against Ferrari for utter endurance racing dominance. Sadly, no factory entered Ferraris or Fords race in the top tiers of endurance racing anymore. But from Ford’s side, this could be about to change.
It is being suggested that Ford could enter the LMP2 category and compete against the likes of Honda and Nissan as well as other privately entered teams. By comparison, recent reports have suggested that Ferrari could re-enter the fastest LMP1 category. While Ford and Ferrari may not battle it out in the years to come, the prospect of the two appearing at Le Mans is still very exciting!
At this stage, there’s a possibility that Ford could enter the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans with an LMP2 racer. However in 2017, a common chassis will be used by LMP2 entrants as well as select entrants in the Tudor Championship meaning Ford could use its Tudor car as a test bed for LMP2 technologies says Racer.
Whatever happens, Le Mans is set to spice up in coming years with new additions for LMP1, Nissan and Lotus already confirmed. While LMP2 doesn’t quite receive the same coverage as LMP1, it is arguably even more competitive and just as exciting!