The 2016 Ford GT GTE race car is set to celebrate its world racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona 2016 in early January.
Throughout next year, the car will compete in both the IMSA Sportscar Championship as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship. While its U.S. debut will take place in January, it won’t race in Europe until April at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The GT’s racing highlight next year will of course come at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it will return 50 years after its famous victory at the endurance race.
As the name of the Ford GT GTE implies, it will compete in the GTE-Pro category. 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.
Interestingly, Ford has yet to fully detail either the road-going 2016 GT or the race car. What we know is that both use a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering more than 600 hp in road guise. However, it isn’t know just what differentiates the road-going and race car engines nor exactly how much power and torque either of them deliver.