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…
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?
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.
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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