The new Ford GT racecar won’t go racing until the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona kicks off in January of next year. However because Ford plans to race it at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car must be ready for the FIA’s Le Mans Balance of Performance tests in September.
Ford has been busy getting the GT ready for those pre-season tests, and was recently caught on video at Sebring International Raceway performing a few shakedown runs with the car. As expected, the new LM GTE Pro racecar sounds much like the Ford-Riley EcoBoost Daytona Prototype that currently races in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, the result of the two machines sharing the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
Once the GT completes all the necessary tests, it will contest both the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, fielded in both series by Chip Ganassi Racing. Whether Ford can beat out the likes of Corvette, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and others remains to be seen, but we’ll know just how competitive the GT is once the 24 Hours of Daytona rolls around next year.
For now, get acquainted with sight and sound of Ford’s newest racecar in the video above.