At the premiere of the seventh generation Ford Mustang, Ford announced the return of the legendary model to the competition in one of the most famous races in the world – Le Mans 24 Hours..
“Ford Mustangs compete on many prestigious circuits around the world, but no track or race has more history than Le Mans,” said Bill Ford, president of Ford Motor Company, at the Stampede, the seventh-generation world premiere. Mustang. – This is where we competed with Ferrari in the 1960s and we won! After 50 years, we are back and have surprised the automotive world again. The Ford Mustang will return to Le Mans. And we will have the power of hell again.
The Ford GT40 started the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 1964. Two years later, in 1966, it won the race, and was also sensational on all three stages of the podium. Exactly fifty years later, the Ford GT again won one of the Le Mans classes with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, while another Ford GT finished third. The Mustang also appeared in the Le Mans race between 1967 and 1997.
The legacy of the race
Motor sports are a battleground not only for the best drivers and teams, but a spectacle that attracts crowds of fans and sponsors. It is also an excellent testing ground for car manufacturers, which offers a unique opportunity to test, in very difficult conditions, various advanced solutions, which then, in a suitably modified form, can be used in production vehicles.
Ford’s activity in motorsport has a long and rich tradition, and the American brand has had many victories in its various disciplines. Winning the world’s most famous long-distance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, is one of the most famous and inspiring races.
The legendary Ford GT40 is one of the greatest racing cars of all time. It was built by a team of professionals led by Caroll Shelby. Interestingly, the behind-the-scenes work on this model and the successful competition between Ford and Ferrari for victory in this race are shown in the 2019 movie “Le Mans’66”, in which the role of Caroll Shelby was played by Matt Damon.
“The Ford Mustang GT3 will be allowed to compete in 2024,” said Mark Rushbrook, CEO of Ford Performance Motorsport. “We are already looking forward to cheering on this iconic model again at the Le Mans 24 Hours.