Ford is celebrating the GT's return to racing by releasing a new video series which takes a look back at the model's racing pedigree as well as the development of the new generation of street and race cars. The first installment is called "The Decision" and touches on the rivalry that was sparked when Henry Ford II offered to buy Ferrari but was rebuffed. Ford was angered by Enzo Ferrari's decision so he decided "If we can't join them, let's beat them." The rivalry culminated in the development of the original GT which would go on to win a 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ford is celebrating the GT's return to racing by releasing a new video series which takes a look back at the model's racing pedigree as well as the development of the new generation of street and race cars.

The first installment  is called "The Decision" and touches on the rivalry that was sparked when Henry Ford II offered to buy Ferrari but was rebuffed.  Ford was angered by Enzo Ferrari's decision so he decided "If we can't join them, let's beat them." The rivalry culminated in the development of the original GT which would go on to win a 1-2-3 victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The model's success went down in history and Ford decided to build a road-going model to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary.  The car was an instant success and it helped the automaker to decide to build a second generation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1-2-3 win.

The road-going model was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show last year with a lightweight carbon fiber body and a mid-mounted biturbo V6 engine that produces more than 600 bhp.  The company also developed a racing variant and two cars will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship while two others will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship. All four will be united to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.

Ford GT documentary released, highlights the model's history and future [video]