Ford planning for post-factory GT future
Because the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing staff counts down the ultimate days of its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program, Ford Efficiency boss Mark Rushbrook says followers of the Blue Oval must be looking out for a few of the former manufacturing unit Ford GTs at choose occasions subsequent season within the fingers of privateers.
“For us particularly with the GT program, as we’ve stated with a manufacturing unit program closing out after Petit Le Mans this 12 months, we’re nonetheless finalizing preparations for the place these nice automobiles will proceed, who’s going to personal them, the place are they going to race, so there’s undoubtedly nonetheless a possibility for that,” he informed RACER.
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“It actually gained’t be for a full season or at a full manufacturing unit stage, however we do anticipate that we’re going to see not less than a few of the automobiles on monitor subsequent 12 months in 2020.”
IMSA staff proprietor Ben Keating was the primary to purchase and race a privateer Ford GT, successful the GTE-Am class at June’s 24 hours of Le Mans earlier than the automotive was disqualified in post-race technical inspection for utilizing an oversize gas bladder. For the reason that Texan’s GT buy, Rushbrook and his staff have been evaluating different potential patrons who may marketing campaign the twin-turbo V6-powered supercars at IMSA’s marquee occasions.
Ongoing planning for IMSA’s 2022 Daytona Prototype worldwide formulation, which is predicted to characteristic the first-time use of kinetic power restoration techniques within the WeatherTech Championship, has additionally saved Ford Efficiency busy because it takes half in IMSA’s technical working group conferences.
It’s believed an alignment between IMSA and the ACO and FIA World Endurance championship to permit the next-generation DPis to compete on the 24 Hours of Le Mans would make it simple for Rushbrook and his bosses to decide to the category.
“There are lots of nice issues happening within the sports activities automotive world, each in IMSA and WEC and around the globe, so it’s going to be an thrilling future for positive for the game and for the followers,” he stated.
“So far as the game is anxious and the long run, there’s quite a bit that also must be finalized, however on the WEC aspect with the hypercar, and as these guidelines are finalized and the way they’re going to have the ability to race between the totally different configurations of automobiles, prototype, road-going, all-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, [internal combustion engine], hybrid… there’s quite a bit that’s going to occur there that that must be thrilling, and undoubtedly with the 2022 DPi, in IMSA.
“Very excited in regards to the course that IMSA goes with that and what DPi will probably be sooner or later. Nonetheless hopeful of some sort of convergence at that prototype stage, however have to see some extra work carried out there to be sure that’s a actuality. However we’re concerned in all of these discussions and seeking to what the long run goes to be outlined as.”