Not too many cars can boast of racing heritage quite like the Ford GT. Based on the original bad boy racer of the 1960s, the Ford GT40, the car stirred the souls of those lucky enough to drive or own an example.
The GT40's gorgeous design meant the car made winning look good-no one complained about that 40-inch-high roof line crossing the finish line ahead of its high-profile competition all those times in the 1960s. And, needless to say, its owning prime poster space on several bedroom walls the world over.
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Hot news is that Ford is planning a revival of the Ford GT to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first Le Mans 24 Hours race win, with speculation suggesting participation again as early as 2016! That sure is exciting to hear, and the thought of a new GT with a retro-inspired design but with all the jing-bang of modern Le Mans GTE racers, is giving goosebumps to endurance racing fans across the planet.
Should be quite a sight, seeing a Blue Oval once again alongside the Aston Martins, Ferraris and Porsches we've gotten so used to seeing line up on that famous French track. Not much is known about what engine will power the future GT, but some are saying that it could be a 3.5-litre, V6 EcoBoost engine that finds its way into the middle of the all-new race car.
But let's rewind the tape a bit, shall we? Just to understand why this car is so special. The Ford GT40 was born out of Henry Ford II's desire for a Ferrari-beater at Le Mans. After a deal with Enzo Ferrari about the potential sale of his company and certain motorsport controlling rights went sour in the early 1960s, an enraged Ford decided to work towards building a car that would take Ferrari to the cleaners at the famous endurance race.
And boy, did that happen. The Ford GT40 won the coveted race four times in a row between 1966 and 1969, ending Ferrari's six-year dominance of the series. In fact, in Mark IV form, the GT40 became the first American-manufactured car to win at Le Mans.
We will keep you informed about the progress of Ford in the new GT regard, but all we can do for now is join you in the wait for the first concept image to surface. Exciting times ahead with Ford, that's for sure...