But the real challenge is going to be the development phase. Actual road testing couldn’t take place before now because of the super-secret nature of the GT. Before it debuted at Detroit, the GT was essentially a skunkworks project stored away in the basement of Ford’s design center. Very few people, aside from the already small group working on it, knew about its existence. In fact, if the team wanted to evaluate prototypes outdoors, they were forced to do so on Sundays when no-one else was in the building. Alongside the road-going GT will hopefully be a track version, specifically one for endurance racing
at Le Mans. 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Ford’s first Le Mans win in the new GT’s forebear, the GT40.