Following an announcement made earlier this week, Ford has unveiled the GT racecar set to compete at next year’s Le Mans.

Following an announcement made earlier this week, Ford has unveiled the GT racecar set to compete at next year’s Le Mans.

Based on the road-going all-new 2017 GT, the racecar will take part at the legendary 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans in the LM GTE-Pro class and will participate in the full 2016 schedules of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. It will make its race debut at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, Florida in January next year when two Ford teams will be operated by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

It will be powered by an adaptation of the 2017 GT's twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 3.5-liter engine wrapped around in a more aerodynamic body featuring a huge rear wing, massive diffuser, quad side exhausts and a prominent front splitter.

Ford says the racecar is being developed not only to take part in the LM GTE-Pro class but also to trickle down its innovations to all of the road-going models. Some examples of such technologies would be advanced aerodynamics, improved EcoBoost engines and a lightweight construction with carbon fiber and composites.

Both the GT road-going car and its motorsport equivalent will be launched next year when Ford is going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 1-2-3 win at the 1966 Le Mans with the Ford GT which was followed by additional triumphs in 1967, 1968 and 1969.

PS: Pause the video below at the 1:43 mark and you will notice a prancing horse which is probably Ford's way of mocking Ferrari for their Le Mans absence.

Check out the attached press release for additional details.

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