But will it even have "GT" in its name?
There have been several rumors, many of which sound fairly accurate. But only now can we confirm that Ford will in fact unveil a GT successor next month at Detroit. Thanks to the crew at Autoweek, who confirmed this information with a well-placed Ford source, we also now have a few more updates about the car itself. First off, it may not even have "GT" as part of its name. That we won’t know for sure until sometime after the first of the year. What’s more, this GT successor will be a part of a factory-backed, fully fledged racing effort beginning in 2016.
Expect to see a racing-spec GT compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and, of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, only the road-going version will debut in Detroit. The racing cars will come later. Just as important is the fact that Ford will take the opportunity next month to reveal additional details about its newly formed Ford Performance division. This essentially combines SVT in the US, Europe’s Team RS, and Ford Racing globally. Now, in terms of what will power the new GT: it’ll either be a new version of a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, as previously rumored, or the flat-plane crank V8 from the new Shelby GT350 Mustang. We’ll have our answer in just a few weeks’ time.