The original Ford GT40 gave the automaker Le Mans glory in the 1960s. The Milennium-era Ford GT gave enthusiasts and collectors a modern take on the old car. And now, rumor has it that Ford will return to Le Mans with a new 2016 GT, 10 years after the last one was built.
According to Road & Track, “multiple sources” have suggested a GT program for Le Mans is headed towards a debut for the 2016 model year, which is the 50th anniversary of the GT40 Mark II’s Le Mans win. When Ford Racing boss Jamie Allison was asked about whether a Ford GT LM24 project was in the pipeline, he said the following:
Our focus right now is, obviously, finishing the season on a high note at Petit Le Mans. Our focus is also working with our partners. I do look forward into a future of some of the classes in the sport, including the P2 we just talked about. We really have our near-term lenses on our participating in the sport and that’s really the scope that we are focused on.
That doesn’t sound like a confirmation in the least, but this double-hitter could really be a home run for Ford enthusiasts − a return to Le Mans for 2016 AND a new Ford GT to race, giving folks everywhere the opportunity to save up their pennies for another version of the classic exotic.