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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a Ford GT successor and according to a recent report from MotorTrend, the sports car will make a return at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, but don’t be surprised if it has a new nameplate. You see, 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the American’s automakers most famous race victory, the first of four consecutive wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Naturally, it would only be fitting if Ford introduced the new GT that year along with a race car built to compete at the world famous endurance race.
The first time we reported that a Ford GT successor was in the works, we believed it was most likely that Ford would turn towards the powerplants being supplied to Daytona Prototype cars to power the successor. This seems more likely now, especially in the Le Mans race car variant as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost has helped put Ford back onto the race podium for the first time in 45 years. But as formidable as the EcoBoost V6 would be for the race car, Ford could be turning to a V8 for the street.
As for power output, don’t be surprised if the automaker does its best to trump the Ferrari 458 Speciale which has 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. The previous Ford GT had 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque so expect performance to improve over the predecessor but not significantly.