Hybrid Ford GT Could Bring The Blue Oval Back To Le Mans

ford-gt40-le-mansOnce upon a time, the Ford GT was the undisputed champion of the Circuit de la Sarthe and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1970 though, the Porsche 917 came to dominate Le Mans, and Ford soon thereafter abandoned any official Le Mans team, leaving privateers to carry on the Blue Oval badge.

RACER magazine reports that a rumored return to Le Mans could be in the works for Ford, and this could build up to an eventual Ford GT successor of the EcoBoost or hybrid variety.

It’s been said that Ford is considering a plug-in hybrid supercar follow-up to the well-recieved Ford GT, a car whose value only seems to grow. With a renewed commitment to green cars and specifically hybrids and its EcoBoost engines, a hybrid Ford GT introduced first at Le Mans and eventually as a production model would give Ford a high-level contender in the growing war over green supercars. While some once scoffed at the idea of a $150,000 Ford, the Dearborn-based automaker has shown amazing resilience and growth at a time when the rest of the American auto industry was circling the drain.

With Ford rumored to be eyeing the LMP2 class though, you won’t see a Ford-badged race car taking on the dominant Audi R18 e-tron or the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Instead we’re more likely to see something like the EcoBoost V6-powered TUDOR race cars that Ford currently sponsors, though there’s the possibility of a new EcoBoost-powered V8 also debuting. The LMP2 class allows for larger displacement engines of around 4.5 liters, compared to the 3.0 liter turbodiesel of the Audi R18 e-tron.

Can EcoBoost compete at Le Mans, and is a new Ford GT on the horizon? Keep your fingers crossed Ford fans.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.