Never-before-seen footage of the development of the Ford GT race car.
Ford will race Ford GT around the world in 2016 – with two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (North America) and two in the global FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).All four hope to compete at the 24 Heures du Mans in Le Mans, France in June 2016. See the depth of the effort Ford’s planned in this new video.
Ford GT Race Program in 2016
• Ford launches a four-car Ford GT race program in January 2016.
• All four will compete under the Chip Ganassi Racing banner.
• Two cars will race in the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series and will be based in the United States. Two will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship series and will be based in the United Kingdom.
Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development: “It was kind of a vision for the team…let’s really start with the function of the car. This car’s function is to win at Le Mans. We started with aerodynamics and the fact that it came out beautiful is fantastic and the team did a great job, but it was driven by the aerodynamics first. The suspension choices, the size of the cockpit, and then the engine choice driven by the aero.”
Dave Pericak, Director, Ford Performance: We’re taking everything that’s great at Ford Motor Company and we’re putting it into this machine, but in the process of working on a car like this, you’re also on the cutting edge of technology and you’re developing new things. So it’s going to represent the best that we have and it’s also going to create new things we can cascade down through the rest of the company.”