Ford GT Le Mans

Debuting at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to an overwhelming crowd, the 2017 Ford GT marked Ford’s return to the supercar game after almost a decade of sitting on the sidelines. Spawning from this new Ford GT comes an endurance racer that is set to hit the track at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The GT Le Mans was developed with help from Multimatic Motorsports, Roush Yates Engines, Michelin, Brembo, and CGRFS.


Although still recognizable as a Ford GT, the Le Mans edition features extensive body modifications, primarily developed to produce maximum down force with minimum drag. The only features at the front end that still resembles the street-legal GT’s are the trapezoidal grille and the vented hood. A massive splitter pairs perfectly with the pair of canards on each side of the bumper. All new headlights are shaped slightly different than the standard vehicle. Just like the original GT40, the plastic caps on the headlights are bolted onto the body with tiny rivets. The standard side skirts have been replaced with larger skirts that now incorporate exhaust outlets in front of the rear wheels. The Le Mans GT rides on race-spec, ultra-lightweight rims that are wrapped in extremely sticky Michelin tires. At the rear end, everything above and below the main fascia has been redesigned. The GT’s original spoiler has been replaced with a huge GT wing, while the bumper has been cut off from the body in order to make room for a wider diffuser. Completing the exterior of the Le Mans is the American red, white, and blue livery, complete with sponsor decals and “24 Hours of Le Mans” racing numbers.


Showcased in Detroit with the GT concept, the interior is expected to undergo a complete overhaul for the Le Mans edition of the Ford GT. The main dash section, door panels, and center console is expected to be replaced by an array of racing gear. Numerous buttons and switches will be laid out in an easy-access format for the driver’s ease. A multi-function, racing steering wheel will sit in a front of a much simpler instrument cluster. The two-tone sport seats will be swapped out for Alcantara-wrapped, carbon-fiber racing seats with six-point harnesses. Finally, a full roll cage will help the GT comply with the FIA’s safety requirements.


Ford has confirmed that the GT race car will use the same 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V6 that is already used in Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racer. Ford did state that they plan on adding race-bred enhancements to further improve on the balance of power and reliability, the latter being crucial in races much like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is expected that the 3.5-liter V6 will push out more that 500 horsepower, depending on the final weight of the racecar and the aerodynamics of the overall car. The Le Mans GT is expected to reach 60 mph in less than three seconds and have a top speed in excess of 200 mph.


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