The American Ford Motor Company announced its intention to return to the Le Mans 24 hour race for next year, 50 years after the company won the race in 1966.
The company revealed this in a press conference held in the Sart circuit in western France, which is witnessing the race tomorrow, Saturday, in the presence of more than 250 thousand viewers.
Ford will participate in the GT class for professional teams, not in the Audi class that has been dominated by Audi for years.
Fifty-six cars are participating in this year’s race.
“When the Ford GT40 took part in the Le Mans race in the 1960s, (then company director) Henry Ford Jr. was seeking to demonstrate that Ford could outperform the legendary racing car manufacturers. We still feel very proud to win this race,” Ford executive director Bill Ford said in a statement. Four consecutive times, and the same spirit that guided the innovation that produced that car still leads us today. “
Ford will take part in the world racing season next year with a new GT.