Ford announced that it would revive its storied GT model at the January 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The following June, the company announced that it would race the car in the next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race for the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep of the podium with the GT40 race car.
In January of 2016, Ford unveiled the actual production version of the GT at the Detroit auto show, and at the end of the month the car made its competition debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Things didn’t go according to plan in that race, but Ford sorted out the car’s early issues with the transmission and scored a victory at the 12 Hours of Sebringbefore returning to Le Mans in June, where the new Ford GT was able to fulfill its intent by winning on the half-century anniversary of its forbears’ triumph over Ferrari in the 1966 race.
Now, after all that time, Ford is finally delivering cars for customers and has let journalists drive the new 2017 Ford GT for the first time, and we can report that the car is every bit as incredible as its low-slung, race-ready appearance would suggest.