Right after Ford unveiled 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 Mustang ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, word got out that a more track-ready variant – possibly called GT350R – would follow. Now comes word that the rumored return of the Ford GT will join the track-focused Mustang GT350 at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
As reported by Road & Track, Ford has been preparing a Le Mans GTE-class racer for 2016 in the form of the Ford GT. In fact, 2016 will mark 50 years since Ford’s Total Performance racing effort garnered its first Le Mans win. R&T indicates that following the new Ford GT race car will be a road-going variant of the GT.
In other Ford performance news, Ford may announce a new performance sub-brand that would be analogous to the SVT line of vehicles from years past. But unlike before, the new brand would be used globally. One name being tossed around is 999, which is a tip of the hat to Henry Ford’s race car from over 100 years ago. That sounds a little too Porsche-esque to us these days, though.
A new Ford GT would also add to America’s weaponry of performance vehicles, including the 2015 Mustang GT350, 2015 Corvette Z06, new Viper, and the 2014 Camaro Z/28, pointed at Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and others.
NAIAS is scheduled for early January, so it won’t be long until we find out if these rumors are true. Stay tuned for more.