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JUN 10, 2016 | FORD PERFORMANCE VIDEO

VIDEO: Ford GT: 365 Days after First Wheel Turned

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- Exactly one year passed between the first secret shakedown test at Calabogie Motorsports Park and the two-car Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s IMSA team’s final test before the Le Mans 24 Hours. It was an eventful 365 days filled with challenges and podiums that will culminate at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

  • Fifty years after Ford’s legendary 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours, Ford is returning to Le Mans
  • The four-car Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will compete in the GTE Pro category against the likes of Aston Martin, Chevrolet and Ferrari
  • In all, 12 drivers from around the world will race for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in Ford GTs at the Le Mans 24 Hours
  • All-new Ford GT supercar is the culmination of years of Ford innovations in light-weighting, aerodynamics and efficient EcoBoost engines
  • Ford GT is powered by second-generation twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine

“The last year has gone incredibly fast and it’s just continued accelerating in the last few weeks," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance motorsports engineering manager.

“Since the first time I drove the car, I knew it had potential to be competitive and go on and win races," said Ryan Briscoe, No. 67 Ford GT (IMSA); No. 69 Ford GT (Le Mans 24 Hours), "There’ve been a lot of hours at the racetrack, behind the scenes, to get us where we are today.”

“The engineers have been working flat out, no weekend off, no day off," said Richard Westbrook, No. 67 Ford GT (IMSA); No. 69 Ford GT (Le Mans 24 Hours), "They worked through Christmas, just improving and improving.”