The organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours, has confirmed that all four Ford GTs have received a place on the prestigious entry list for the 2016 race.
Fifty years on from Ford’s famous 1-2-3 outright victory at Le Mans, Ford’s Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will compete for GTE Pro class glory at the world’s greatest motor race, which takes place on June 18-19.
“It was great to see all four Ford GTs up there on the Le Mans entry list,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “Newcomers are by no means guaranteed an entry, whatever their history or ambitions, so we are grateful for a four car assault in June.”
The Ford GT racing car is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar, which is the pinnacle product of the Ford Performance division. With state-of-the-art aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fibre construction and a powerful and efficient Ford EcoBoost engine, the Ford GT has been built to go head-to-head with the GT establishment – Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Aston Martin – as they fight for victory in the ultimate endurance battle.
“I’m very happy that we can run all four Ford GTs at Le Mans,” said Chip Ganassi,owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “It will be a big challenge for us but one we are thrilled to undertake. We have prepared well and can’t wait to get the Ford GTs onto the track there and show everyone what they can do.”
The #66 and #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars that run in the FIA World Endurance Championship will keep their race numbers for Le Mans. The two Ford GTs that run in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will receive new race numbers just for Le Mans: #66 becomes #68 and #67 becomes #69.
The configuration of the driver line-ups in the World Endurance Championship cars will be announced at a later date, along with the identities of the third drivers for all four Ford GTs at Le Mans.