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Ford Goes Back to the Beginning with ’16 Ford GT at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Maker looking for repeat of introductory performance: Top three sweep.

by on Jun.17, 2016

Ford is looking to repeat that winning formula at the 24 Hour of Le Mans with the new 2016 GT.

Ford surprised most everyone on a cold January day when in addition to showing off its latest model introductions, it rolled out a new Ford GT.

Aside from telling attendees it was powered by an EcoBoost engine, it was light as a feather and they were pretty certain they would sell it, one question remained: will they race it.

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Are You Qualified to Buy a Ford GT?

Even if you have the cash, Ford is being picky about buyers.

by on Feb.02, 2016

A Ford GT coming out of the Daytona pits.

So, you’ve saved your pennies and have a big enough bank account to write a check for a new Ford GT when it goes on sale this year. But you still may be out of luck. Ford has set up a rigorous, online application process to find deserving homes for the new supercar.

An assortment of affluent aficionados have already let Ford know they’d like one of the limited-edition GTs – which are expected to cost somewhere north of $400,000. Lifting a page from the Ferrari playbook, Ford has decided that simply having the cash won’t be enough to get a GT.

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“We want to prioritize people who are going to care about the car, keep the car and drive the car,” Raj Nair, Ford’s global product development director, told The Detroit News.

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New Ford GT Set to Make its Debut – on Track

Ford Chip Gasassi Racing aiming to defend Rolex 24 at Daytona title.

by on Jan.26, 2016

The new Ford GT racer in testing.

Potential buyers will have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the $400,000 Ford GT. But for race fans, the wait is almost over, two track versions of the exotic Ford set to take to the field this weekend for the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Carrying the numbers 66 and 67, they’ll be part of a four-car assault being planned by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team as it heads back to the Florida speedway to defend its title.

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If the two GTs deliver during their debut event it would mark Ford’s seventh overall win at Daytona – and it would come a half century after Ford’s upset, 1-2-3 win at Le Mans with the original GT40.

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Ford Bringing Back GT Racer for Detroit Auto Show

Automaker expected to race new vehicle at LeMans in 2016.

by on Dec.19, 2014

This GT40 Le Mans winner could get a stablemate as Ford is expected to debut a new version at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Ford GT fans may be getting a post-holiday Christmas gift in January, as the automaker appears to be ready to unveil a GT-inspired supercar during the Detroit Auto Show next month.

The car will be more than just a showpiece, according to AutoWeek, Ford plans to race it at LeMans in 2016. Chip Ganassi will oversee Ford’s new GT supercar’s entry in the GTE class at Le Mans. Additionally, Ganassi will run two cars in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

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The details about the car are sketchy, but various reports suggest the powerplant will be a mid-engine V8 from the new Shelby GT350 with some tweaks, while others think an EcoBoost V6 will find its way into the new beast. (more…)

Return of the Ford GT?

Is maker readying a hybrid supercar.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Is Ford preparing a next-gen GT hybrid supercar?

More than four years after the last Ford GT blasted out of the showroom, the Dearborn maker is reportedly readying an all-new 2-seater, but rather than the retro-styled supercar it built between 2005 and ’06, the next-generation GT is expected to feature decidedly futuristic styling – and a hybrid powertrain to go with it.

If anything, the upcoming Ford GT would have more in common with the new Porsche 918 Spyder than the original GT40 that stormed the race circuit nearly a half century ago.  How soon the new GT might make it to market – if, indeed, the reports prove accurate – is anyone’s guess, though a concept version could be readied for roll-out in the coming months.

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But that’s assuming anything really is in the works – a senior source at Ford insisting that “this is all rumor.”  But considering the history of the Ford GT name, it’s understandable why so many people would be wishing for its return.

The original GT40 was among the most terrifying machines ever to race the grueling 24-hour circuit at LeMans, winning the race an astounding four consecutive times between 1966 and 1969.  It was, in fact, the only American-made entry ever to claim an overall, rather than class, victory at LeMans even once.

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