The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans is set to be one of the most memorable in recent memory for one key reason; the return of Ford to the world’s most illustrious endurance race. While Ford won’t be competing in the class-leading LMP1 category and therefore won’t be fighting for overall victory, the American automaker is still taking its Le Mans return very seriously.
As we’re sure you know by now, Ford will be returning to Le Mans with the brand new GT GTE. As the name suggests the car is based around the latest-generation Ford GT supercar and will complete in the GTE-Pro category. The vehicle recently hit the track for the very first time and it certainly looks and sounds very promising.
Alongside competing at Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 2016 Ford GT GTE will also participate in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The Ford GT racecar is powered by the new 3.5-litre V6 twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine. Ford Performance claims that the new racer will bring smart innovations to GTE-Pro once it starts competing. Among those innovations include new aerodynamics that ensure maximum downforce with minimal drag and efficient stability. The car also features an exceptionally light chassis thanks to the new lightweight composites and carbon fibre.