12th Jan2015

The Ford GT: They’re Going Back to France

by Michael Chandler

Probably.  Yes, today everyone at the North American International Auto Show is going nuts over the 600hp, 3.5L twin-turbo V6 Ecoboost powered Ford GT.  And they should be doing just that.  Look at that thing!  It’s glorious!  It’s what the GT40 was!  Kinda…

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The GT40 was a giant middle finger aimed at Enzo Ferrari and his precious cars and race program.  Ferrari doesn’t do much of the factory backed GT racing anymore, because they’ve gone all in on F1.

Ok, so it isn’t EXACTLY like the GT40, but it is like it in that it is a potentially world beating super car made by a company whose headquarters are in a crumbling metropolis.  Who is it going to beat, and where is it going to beat them?

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Why are those two logos mashed together?  Because it can, and eventually will, be seen in both!  The 3.5L twin turbo mill fits nicely into the confines of the WEC’s LM GTE class.  IMSA TUDOR USCC’s GTLM class ‘s rules are pretty much the same as the WEC’s LM GTE class rules.  That said, we’ll probably see it storming around here at home in TUSC before it goes abroad and plants Old Glory in everything.  The current rumor, according to Sportscar365, regarding that TUSC endeavor is that it will be a 2 car, factory team with Chip Ganassi Racing running it.  And Chip Ganassi knows a few things about running a winning team.

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Will it be successful?  Maybe.  The new Vipers came out of the gate with a whimper, but ended with a roar and won the GTLM class before Dodge killed the factory effort.  We can speculate more on this when we get more details, but right now let’s all look at how awesome this thing looks

Words by Michael Chandler, photos by Ford Motor Company and Michael Chandler
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09th Aug2014

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Gets GT3 Class Cars In 2016

by Michael Chandler

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Yes you read that right.  Along with changes to Prototype, GT Le Mans, and Prototype Challenge; IMSA announced the changes that would be coming to the GT Daytona class.  Here’s a quick little run down of what will be new and different, and when it will be new and different:

Prototype

Through 2016 it will be the same: Daytona Prototypes, Automobile Club l’Quest (ACO) LM P2 cars and the Deltawing.  Starting in 2017 there will be a “globally unified Prototype format” for the IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the a fore mentioned ACO.  This new format will have a vehicle life of three years, and it will still feature mostly professional drivers, with some pro/am drivers in the mix.

GT Le Mans

It is basically ACO GTE cars, and in 2016 there will be new GTE specifications.  Along with those there will be a planned vehicle life of three years.  Still a bunch of factory back teams, mostly professional drivers with some pro/am drivers competing as well.

Prototype Challenge

This class will still be a spec class, if you will.  Everyone uses the Oreca FLM09 chassis and a 6.2L Chevrolet V8.  After 2016 the class will change, but only after the cost, performance levels and design of the new LMP3 chassis and new Prototype are finalized.

GT Daytona

Through the end of the 2015 season, no changes.  2016 is when full on FIA GT3 specs will be adopted for all the cars in the class.  That means the full aerodynamic package, ABS and traction control seen on your favorite GT3 carswill now bee seen on your favorite GTD cars!  Naturally they won’t just let the teams go whole hog the whole season.  There will be an “Adjustment of Performance” process done all season long using weight and restrictors.  And as always, a mix of professional and amateur drivers are required for the lineup of each team.  So long as this guy doesn’t show up I think we’ll all be ok.

And that is the big TUDOR news ahead of the Road America race.  That race airs on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4:30PM local time on Sunday.

Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Tommy Ratsapasith

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