Will There Be A Ford GT At Le Mans In 2016? Ford Hasn’t Said No

It may be merely hopeful speculation at the moment but there is an increasing amount of evidence pointing to a successor to the Ford GT becoming a reality sooner rather than later. Ford brass has yet to confirm future models or specific details of racing initiatives, however they haven’t openly denied the allegations either.

After a GTE-spec Mustang project campaigned by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers was suspected then allegedly shelved, the possibility of a GT successor seemed low. However Road & Track recently published a statement that Ford Racing boss Jamie Allison expressed optimism surrounding P2 engine supply, in addition to compelling developments that lead us to believe that the stars could in fact be aligning for a comeback.

 


The alleged recent meetings between GTE constructors on 2016 rules witnessed at Circuit of the Americas including a Ford representative are merely one of the pieces. The introduction of a successor to the previous model, which ended production in 2007, would coincidentally fall into the vicinity of the 50th anniversary of the original Ford GT40 winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which makes it all seem like a no-brainer from an enthusiast’s perspective. Ford was victorious four consecutive years from 1966 to 1969, successfully becoming the first American entry to win the legendary race and effectively putting an end to Ferrari’s reign.


When Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison, was asked if a Ford GT LM24 project was in the works, his response was non-committal, preferring to discuss programs that he is currently at liberty to speak about, like the Eco-Boost powered DP and Petit Le Mans. The fact that he didn’t actually say no, leads many a hopeful enthusiast to believe that his not saying no means yes.

With no official word on whether it will even happen, it is anybody’s guess on how it would come to fruition, but Ford’s affiliation with Chip Ganassi Racing and Michael Shank Racing provide just a couple of options for a prospective P2 program. Canada’s Multimatic has been cited as another possibility since they already build Mazda’s TUDOR P2 Coupe.

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Dustin Woods

Dustin has been a fan of anything with an engine since before he could even walk. He has combined his passion for cars and motorcycles with his avid interest in writing and photography by contributing to a number of magazines and websites over the last decade.
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