We’ve already seen the photos and heard all the details on Ford’s wild new GT supercar, but until today. We had yet to hear much in regards to the racecar variant the Blue Oval is rumored to be taking to Le Mans. Motorsport got the scoop on the yet-to-be seen racer, reporting the car completed its first-ever test earlier this month at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ontario.
The test car was driven by Canadian racing driver Scott Maxwell, who has also raced for Multimatic, the company which is designing and assembling the GT. The first test took place on Saturday, May 16, with a longer more comprehensive test being conducted last Wednesday. Another development test is scheduled for later on in the summer, happening before the car undergoes FIA benchmark testing at Ladoux later this summer.
As expected, the Ford GT racecar will be powered by the same Roush Yates 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 used in the automaker’s Riley Daytona Prototype in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship. The race engine may have a few differences compared to the road-going version and will also be linked up to a Ricardo race transmission.
The team behind the Ford GT racer have an impressive track record in motorsports. Many of the mechanical design aspects of the car were handled by a Multimatic partner in England which is led by former Lola designer Julian Sole. The team also consists of other Lola designers and a former CART engineer. The racing program will be led by former head of Aston-Martin racing, George Howard-Chappell.
The Ford GT racecar may debut at Le Mans next month, or at 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2016, according to Motorsport.