New Ford GT race car to be unveiled at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ford is set to unveil its new GT race car during this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans this week.

The Ford GT race car is expected to be revealed at this month’s classic 24 hour race with qualifying and practice commencing on today and the race starting on June 13.

Information from Motorsport.com reported the Ford GT race car had its initial test on May 16 at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Ontario.

Its first driver was Scott Maxwell, a race car driver from constructor Multimac Motorsports, which is currently working with Ford on its various motorsport projects.

The majority of the mechanical design of the Ford GT has been undertaken by a Multimac design cell in England.

The Ford GT race car will be powered by a 3.5 litre V6 turbo Ecoboost engine, and will feature a Ricardo-designed and built gearbox.

The Ford GT isn’t expected to start racing until next year, with a likely public debut to be made at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.

The Ford GT will contest the 2016 seasons of both the United SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship in the respective GTLM and GTE classes designed for production-based cars.

Further testing of the race car is planned over the European and US summer, before it goes through its FIA performance tests later in the year.

The 2017 model of the Ford GT is expected to be in showrooms next year.