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Ford Mulling Le Mans Comeback by 2017 With EcoBoost LMP2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/17/2014 Alex Nishimoto
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Ford has been out of the Le Mans game for some time now, but that may soon change. Racer reports that the Blue Oval is mulling a return to Le Mans for 2017 -- not in the top-tier LMP1 class, but the still highly competitive LMP2 class.

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Ford currently competes in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) series, racing two factory-backed, EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototypes. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 that powers those prototypes could wind up in an LMP2 car, if the Le Mans program is greenlit. Ford's biggest claim to fame at Le Mans is the four consecutive wins scored by the GT40 from 1966 to 1969. A Ford LMP2 effort probably wouldn't top that, as an overall win would be out of the question. Still, Ford would have the chance to scrap with Nissan and Honda for in-class honors.

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Racer suggests Ford might turn to Canadian outfit Multimatic Motorsports for its carbon fiber monocoque chassis, as the two companies previously worked together on an earlier Daytona Prototype. With the TUSCC series expected to eventually move to a unified LMP2-style chassis to close the gap between Daytona Prototypes and current P2s, the Ford-powered racer could debut for the 2016 TUSCC season with an eye on the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford would run the cars first in the Tudor series to acquire aero and engine data. Racer notes that Ford recently listed a job posting for an aerodynamics supervisor, who would oversee stock car and sports car racing programs.

What do you think? Should Ford return to Le Mans? And if it does, should it shoot for the number-two class or go for an outright win in LMP1 ? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Racer

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