In twelve days from now, Ford will host a press conference that will reveal, among other things, the car that the rumor mill has been dubbing “the next GT”, i.e. the new halo Ford performance vehicle. It is the car that will lead the 11-car assault Ford is launching, along with the new Ford Performance banner, the group made up of SVT, Ford Racing and Team RS. While other cars such as the G.T. 350, Focus RS and second-gen Raptor are drool-worthy, the new car, which is so secretive that the actual name, shape, powertrain or even test mules have managed to evade spies, is going to be the car that returns Ford into LeMans racing.
It’s been confirmed by AutoWeek’s Mac Morrison that Chip Ganassi Racing will field the first team to receive the new car, which is expected to be fielded into GTLM racing at LeMans for the 50th anniversary of the ass-whooping that Ford delivered to Ferrari with the almighty GT40. Ganassi Racing has been competing with a Daytona Prototype Riley-Ford powered by an EcoBoost 3.5L V6 pushing 600hp. Ganassi will have at least one all-American team in drivers Scott Pruett and Joey Hand, who replaced the outgoing Memo Rojas.
Also of note: Ford recently trademarked “EcoBeast”. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?