When the Ford GT Supercar production ends, its very competitive race car counterpart will most likely be pulled out of Le Mans.
Seeing BMW field the large M8 GTE coupe at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans made me wonder....
...will Ford ever bring the Mustang to Le Mans in the future?
Photo shows Ford Mustang GT4
I read that Ford once considered returning to Le Mans with the Mustang which they called "Project Silver" but high costs and not being aligned to the Pony car's image caused the project to be rejected by Ford brass. With the global success of the Mustang and the discontinuation of the GT (end of 2019?), I hope they would reconsider.
If only the (virtual) Ford Mustang GR.3 in the PS4 Gran Turismo racing simulator was real.
This is how I think a Mustang Le Mans GTE racecar would have looked like.
I know the GT looks better, my question is what is Ford's future at Le Mans when the low volume (limited run) GT production ends in 2020?
Just came across this.
Ford Not Ready To Quit Global Road Racing After Le Mans
There’s a self-imposed expiration date on the Ford GT racing program: the end of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. By then, that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which constitutes the final round of the 2018-’19 FIA World Endurance Championship “Superseason”, will have come and gone. As of now, there are no plans to continue racing in a global series like the WEC after the first-ever Superseason comes to a close.
But that doesn’t mean Ford is necessarily ready to call it quits. Speaking to Dailysportscar recently, Ford Performance Global Director of Motorsports Mark Rushbrook said that participating in a global program like the WEC is important to the automaker, and they’re paying close attention as organizers decide how to redefine the top class of race cars (LMP1) for the 2020 season.
“We are watching developments closely, and working with the organizers on what the future will be in terms of rules development for prototypes in sportscar racing, with LMP1, and whether or not that takes a global form, with WEC and IMSA able to align to the same specification,” says Rushbrook. “That is important to us. We are watching the way those rules are evolving.
“Potentially, hybrid in GT is on board in the future,” Rushbrook continued. “We need to see what that future looks like from a rules structure, and then we can make decisions on how this program can bridge into something else in the future.”
Ford tends to do things backwards, so I would expect the new GT supercar would be a version of the next gen Mustang Hybrid. But by the time that's done Ford should have prepared for Formula E with a full electric high performance super car, where that tech flows into Ford and Lincoln EVs. But who knows.