The Ford GT40 was originally built for a singular purpose, to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and thereby embarrass Enzo Ferrari for backing out of a deal with Henry Ford II. The GT40 accomplished that feat in a most spectacular manner, and 50 years later the Ford GT will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe, powered by a twin-turbo V6 and wearing a lightweight carbon fiber body usually reserved for exotics like, well, Ferrari.
In this latest behind-the-scenes video about the new Ford GT, some familiar faces pop up to talk about what drove the design of the Blue Oval supercar. Would it surprise you if we said it was all about speed?
If so, you can just stop reading right now, because the 2017 Ford GT was built for the same singular reason as the original GT40, and that’s winning Le Mans. The 600-plus horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine was developed over the course of the past two IMSA racing seasons, and that gorgeous carbon fiber skin was developed through countless hours testing in the wind tunnel. We even get to see Ford’s suspension testing mechanism in action.
Ford’s speed guru Raj Nair makes an appearance in the video, as does Ford Performance Chief Dave Pericak. They’re a small part of a close-knit team that kept the Ford GT project secret in an industry that’s notorious for its leaks. It’ll be worth all the clandestine sneaking around though if Ford can walk away with another Le Mans win. Until then, let’s hope for some videos that really dive into the technical side of things, without giving away too much to the competition.