The new Ford GT super car, as you know, is a bit of a unicorn in the auto world. You’d be lucky to see this thing even at major motor shows. In fact, these days one has a better chance of seeing a Ford GT race car than a road-going version as four of them have been dispatched to the Circuit of The Americas for the round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Now that’s quite a spectacle, even though Ford GT race car is not as cool looking as the regular version. That is not the car’s fault, but the rather uninspiring livery of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team. At any rate, these four GTs will be part of a “doube-header” at the Austin circuit with the two WEC cars competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship race and the two IMSA cars racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
And if you’ve been wondering what it takes to run a racing team, just look at the size of the crew in the photos above. So don’t complain about all those advertising in Motorsport. Teams have a lot of mouths to feed!
Marino Franchitti shares the #67 WEC Ford GT with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. “COTA is a great track,” said Franchitti. “The first sector is a great challenge, with the uphill stretch to Turn 1 then the run into the Esses. The configuration should suit us as it has a lot of fast, flowing corners. They really know how to put on a good event at COTA, too. I was there but on the other side of the fence in 2013 and I saw first-hand what an incredible event it is for the fans, especially as they can watch first the IMSA and then the WEC race on the same day.”