If you want to see a Ford racing prototype, you need look no further than the United SportsCar Championship, where the Blue Oval fields two Daytona Prototypes powered by an EcoBoost-branded 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. But according to the latest rumors, that may not be enough for Ford, which has as much brand to promote overseas as it does back home.

That could be why Racer magazine is reporting that Ford may be poised to return to Le Mans in the coming years. As we all know, Ford competed at Le Mans in the mid-through-late '60s, bringing home four consecutive overall wins with the legendary GT40. The new program would not, according to Racer, seek to relive those glory days, but would instead compete for class wins in the LMP2 category.

Currently, LMP2 regulations are somewhat split between the United SportsCar Championship in North America on the one hand and ACO-sanctioned series like the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship on the other, but plans are underway for the regulations to be unified in time for the 2017 season. That could be when Ford is targeting its return, allowing it to compete on both sides of the Atlantic to maximize its exposure.

Canadian chassis constructor Multimatic Motorsports, which built the Daytona Prototype for Ford, could be contracted again for the LMP2 program. But then with the ACO announcing the new LMP3 category with a V8 engine supplier yet to be announced, we can't help but wonder if this is actually what Ford has in mind. Either way, the prospect of Dearborn's return to European endurance racing should have racing fans excited, especially after a proposal to field a Mustang in the GTE category was reportedly shelved.


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      krudmuphin
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow, this is actually quite shocking. I never thought I'd see ford returning to Le Mans. Exciting news! I would love to see them compete!
      davebo357
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'd still prefer to see the Ford GT return and compete in GT1, but this would be pretty cool and add some much needed variety.
      alstonc
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why would they compete in the LeMans when they haven't graduated from the Nascar racing series. come to speak of it, when is the last time ford won back to back in Nascar?
        Mike M
        • 5 Months Ago
        @alstonc
        I cant tell if you are trolling (most likely) or incredibly stupid.
      Thipps
      • 5 Months Ago
      LMP2!?!?!? those cars are invisible. LMP1 Or GT otherwise its a waste of money
        jonnybimmer
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Thipps
        Perhaps they're invisible because they lack any marketing (compared to the other classes). Think about it, how many ads/commercials about the LMP2's did you see from Nissan? Personally the last LMP2 car I can remember off the top of my head was Porsche's RS Spyder, in part thanks to the fact that Porsche let people know about it. If Ford were to really put in the effort to win LMP2, you can be sure they'll do what they can to get people hyped up about it as well.
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Thipps
        LMP1 is getting way too expensive to compete in thanks to the fact that that it's becoming a showcase for hybrid tech. LMP2 makes more sense from a fiscal standpoint.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Racer posted this last week...
      mylexicon
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hard to imagine Ford would waste money on an LMP2 car. More likely IMSA will strike a deal with ACO to allow DP's or Ford will build an LMP1 under the privateer rules.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Racer posted this last week...
      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago
      If the LMP3 category has to use a V8 engine from one supplier... that puts throws a spanner in the compressor wheel.
      Riley McGinley
      • 5 Months Ago
      The "yet to be announced" V8 engine supplier for LMP3 is ORECA. And Multimatic Motorsports is responsible for building the LMP2 for Mazda, not the DP for Ford, that was Riley Tech. Unless Multimatic is responsible for the Ford Specific bodywork, but that hardly gets it credit for constructing it.
      Turbo_S60
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think they should run in LMP2, more competition is always good. Still wish they would run the Mustang in GT1 or GT3.
      jonnybimmer
      • 5 Months Ago
      This would be awesome. This year's LMP2 class was just a sea of Nissan powered platforms and while I have nothing against Nissan, I do like to see variety and 2 Judd powerplants isn't really enough. Plus, Ford generally does a great job at bringing attention to any series they compete in and LMP2 definitely needs more attention. If GT3 can stay popular against the higher class GT1 (by having more races, more cars, etc.) then LMP2 should be able to as well.
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