Ford Weighing Le Mans Return
by Mircea Panait
14th July 2014
The Blue Oval was a dominant figure of endurance racing back in the 1960s, when it dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times with the Ford GT40. Despite this remarkable streak, the American manufacturer didn't enjoy any other remarkable success in the World Sportscar Championship or the FIA World Endurance Championship. But that may change…
…sooner than fans of the Blue Oval might have expected. According to inside info gathered by Marshall Pruett and published by racer.com, Ford is weighing a return to the grueling French endurance race that it had dominated from 1966 to 1969. Even though the automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan is currently channeling its motorsport efforts especially in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, sources hint at a possible 2016 - 2017 comeback to the Circuit de la Sarthe.
CONTINUE AT AUTOEVOLUTION.COMLamentably, Ford has slim chances of competing in the king-of-the-hill LM P1 class against Audi, Porsche and Toyota, 'cause this level of competition requires a helluva lot of money for developing a competitive hybrid powertrain, among other stuff. But if an EcoBoost V6 borrowed from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Daytona Prototype racer might find its way under the bonnet of the finished product next to an electrical motor and a battery pack, then we're looking at a LM P2 effort, also known as the "little prototype" class.