Ford unveiled its stunning 2016 Ford GT at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday. The all-new production car, will also serve as the base for Ford’s return to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 marking the Detroit automaker’s 50th anniversary of its first overall win in the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic.
The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. In a notable departure from Ford’s previous V8 powered Le Mans chargers it boasts a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 derived from Ford’s current Daytona Prototype engine, and produces more than 600 horsepower.
With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”
Ford still have not officially confirmed the extent of the Le Mans race program however, rumors on Autoweek so far appear to be holding water.