Ford GT to compete at Le Mans in 2016

Ford GT

A competition version of the new Ford GT supercar will compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016 – exactly 50 years after its forebear, the GT40, stormed to victory in the iconic race.

The new car, which is powered by a 3.5-litre turbocharged V6, rather than the original's thunderous 4.9-litre V8, will compete in the LM GTE Pro class, against European rivals such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 RSR. It will make its racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.

Compared to the road-going version, the racing Ford GT features greater use of carbon fibre in its construction to make it as light as possible, as well as a new body kit and huge rear spoiler to increase down-force.

Ford GT racer

Ford GT racer

Ford's return to European endurance racing is in part to promote its new Ford Performance sub-brand, which the brand has stated will bring 12 new performance vehicles to market by 2020. Among them are the new Ford Focus RS and Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The road-going Ford GT is also due to go on sale early in 2016, with a projected price tag of around £240,000.

Check out the new Ford GT racer in the brief teaser video below.