The upcoming Ford GT is not just a special car for fans of the Blue Oval’s previous iterations, or fans of supercars in general, but a special car for the company itself. The GT isn’t just some one-off creation for rich people that will put it aside for the next fifty years, waiting for their investment to return a profit. No, it’s special because the Ford GT is returning to its genesis, Le Mans.
After Ferrari told Ford to get off their lawn in the mid-1960s following a failed takeover of the Italian marque, Ford wanted to humiliate the supercar company for making them look like fools. So, the Blue Oval turned to gasoline-swilling Carroll Shelby and aimed him squarely at Ferrari and the world’s most prestigious auto race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now, some 50 years later, the Ford GT is once again going up against the Prancing Horse with the all-new Ford GT.
As with a car of such caliber, Ford has detailed the entire process from design, to concept, to racecar with a series on YouTube titled, “The Return.” So far, three episodes in the series have aired, with the latest debuting this week following the Ford GT’s return to the track at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. However, things didn’t go Ford’s way, as you’ll see in the video below.
Despite these trials and tribulations, this is good preparation for the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is now only a few weeks away. Dave Pericak, director of Global Ford Performance stated, “We’re proud of how far we’ve come, but we have a long way to go. Every time we race the Ford GT, we learn something. Our ultimate goal is the return to Le Mans.”
Take a look at the web series in the video below.