Last month, we learned a Ford GT racecar had completed its initial testing laps at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada. At the same time, we heard a rumor the automaker was planning to make an announcement in regards to the GT racecar at the 24 hours of Le Mans in June. It now seems as though there’s more than a little substance to the hearsay, with Ford recently divulging plans to make a “major Ford Performance news announcement,” this Friday.
Ford kept it light on the details so it didn’t ruin the surprise, but some outlets think they already know what’s in store. According to Autosport, the announcement will be Ford’s return to Le Mans’ GTE Pro class in 2016. In addition to this, Multimatic will field the car in the World Endurance Championship in Europe, with Chip Ganassi Racing entering it the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship. The two teams will also both be at the 24 hours of Le Mans next June, making for a four-car Ford assault on Chevrolet, Ferrari and other successful racing marques.
The announcement will be made by Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, who will also be joined by will company president and CEO Mark Fields and global product development boss and Raj Nair. The conference will be live streamed on the internet and will go live on Friday at 10:00 a.m. eastern.