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  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
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Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Ford's historic 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans with the legendary GT40. And to mark the occasion, the Blue Oval automaker is bringing its successor back to the famous French endurance race in an attempt to regain its former glory. But before it does, it has brought out the new Ford GT racer for us all to drool over on the floor of the LA Auto Show.

The GTE racing version is based closely on the road-going supercar we first saw at the Detroit show almost a year ago. That means a carbon monocoque chassis, aerodynamically tapered bodywork, and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 to showcase Ford's EcoBoost powertrain technology. In competition spec, it also packs a giant rear wing, tarmac-scraping ground effects, center-lock wheels, racing slicks, a stripped-out cockpit, and a racing livery that should look right at home at La Sarthe.

The Ford GT is among the first to sign on for next year's round-the-clock race, but you can bet that it'll have some tough competition to deal with. Competing in the GTE Pro class against Dearborn's latest, we can expect to see the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, Porsche 911 RSR, and Chevy Corvette C7.R return to the field, and the new Ferrari 488 GTB racer as well. That ought to make for some exciting racing action, even without the hybrid LMP1 prototypes buzzing around at break-neck speeds.

Chip Ganassi will also be fielding the car in the full FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship. You'll want to scope it out in the high-resolution image gallery above.

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