Ford GT aero guru revealed

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Ford GT aero guru revealed
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Jun 12, 2015, 10:27 AM

Ford has revealed that Multimatic has designed both the mechanical and aerodynamic elements of the Ford GT car with which the manufacturer will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year.

Scott Pruett
Joey Hand watches as his car is repaired
Larry Holt, Multimatic VP of Engineering
#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand
Joey Hand watches as his car is repaired
New Ford GT
New Ford GT

Motorsport.com last month revealed details of the 'design cell' which operates in Cambridgeshire, England, where former Lola chief designer Julian Sole head a team working on various Multimatic automotive and motorsport projects.

Sole is expected to take a leading role in the engineering input of the WEC team.

Motorsport.com can now reveal that incorporated into this team is well-known aerodynamic specialist Mark Handford.

Handford has previous sportscar experience having worked with Kazumichi Goh on a stillborn LMP project.

Handford is best known for alliances with Haas, Jaguar and Benetton F1 teams and the infamous 'Handford Device', which was a mandated plank which generated a wake to decrease outright speeds.

Handford first started working with Multimatic back in 2003 and continues to be an integral part of its design team. The new for 2016 GTE rules allow for more aero freedom around the front and rear of the cars.

Driver confirmation later this summer

Scott Pruett and Joey Hand are favourites to be the first confirmed drivers for the Ford effort. Both have significant links to Ford and other key suppliers in the project.

Other names that have been linked to the project and who have rumoured to have been approached by Ford include Stefan Mucke, Gianmaria Bruni and up and coming Kiwi talent Richie Stanaway.

Drivers are not expected to be confirmed until later in the summer with Chip Ganassi and Multimatic's George Howard-Chappell spending the time until then narrowing down a significant list of driving talent.

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Series WEC
Drivers Scott Pruett , Joey Hand
Author Sam Smith