One of the most iconic vehicles to ever grace a racetrack is expected to move into a new generation and return to the place of its greatest triumph. Ford is reportedly getting ready to unveil a new supercar in the vein of one of its greatest — the GT40 that dominated at Le Mans in the late ’60s — and is expected to announce a return to Le Mans.
The GT40 racer was derived from the street GT sports coupe, which Ford updated in 2005. That car also had a racing version that met with mixed success in racing series around the world.
Now Lexus already having an RC F coupe in the books, Honda introducing an updated Acura NSX at the 2015 north American International Auto Show in Detroit, and General Motors and Chrysler already fielding halo cars (Corvette and Viper, respectively), the time seems ripe for Ford to again build a supercar.
The announcement is also expected to take place in Detroit next month, where Ford is introducing the Focus RS as the first entry in its new Ford Performance division — the evolution of the SVT group.
And what good is having a supercar in the stable if you can’t fine-tune it for racing success? Autoweek Magazine is reporting that Chip Ganassi would be entrusted with getting the car’s racing credentials in order, eyeing a return to competition in the 2016 model year.
Not much is known about the new car, but speculation runs rampant that it will be powered by a tweaked version of the 5.2-litre V8 in Ford’s recently introduced Shelby GT350 Mustang. That engine produces in excess of 500 hp and 400 lbs.ft. of torque. The Detroit Bureau is also suggesting that others are predicting a new and improved EcoBoost V6 under the hood.
Our suggestion is that maybe it’s time Ford introduce its first EcoBoost V8 — you know the power of a V10 with the economy of a V6? Given Ford’s track-record with EcoBoost engines, that could mean a production engine making in excess of 600 hp, with turbodiesel like torque in the 700s.
We’re sure the track guys will figure out ways to put those street numbers through the stratosphere.