Before Ford revealed its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the world, it was already secretly testing the vehicle
t would use to compete on the track. Today, Ford Performance is giving fans around the world an exclusive look at the Ford GT race car’s first shakedown test.
In it, the Ford GT race car takes its first laps around an actual track after months of simulation testing at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. Attended by Raj Nair, Ford group vice president and chief technical officer, Ford Global Product Development, and Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance, the test was conducted three weeks before the car’s unveiling at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France.
Four Ford GTs will compete next year under the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates banner – two in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (United States) and two in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
This first official test kicked off the “Road to Daytona” – the seven months Ford and partners Multimatic, CGR and Roush Yates Engines would have to prepare for the GT’s first 24-hour race, the 24 Hours of Daytona.