Ford won't use extreme GT version for WEC hypercar - Multimatic

Ford will not use its GT as the basis for an entry into the World Endurance Championship's hypercar class, according to Multimatic motorsport boss Larry Holt

Ford won't use extreme GT version for WEC hypercar - Multimatic

The GT made its WEC debut in 2016 as part of a four-year deal between Ford Performance and Multimatic to run the factory-backed programme.

That deal expired after last month's Le Mans 24 Hours, although Multimatic - which developed and builds the road and race GT - is seeking to continue with the car in a privateer capacity.

On the first day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the two companies unveiled a GT MkII track-only variant but ruled out using it as the foundation for a planned entry into the hypercar class.

Holt told Autosport: "No, the new car has not been done with [the hypercar class] in mind at all.

"Ford did their deal for four years, they've done what they said they would do.

"Are they looking at what they want to do next? Yeah, they are.

"The GT would be the closest thing to a GTE-plus car, but that's not the way [the ACO] have gone.

"They've gone to hypercar rules. That's not a hypercar.

Although Holt ruled out the use of the GT, he said that Ford was still actively looking to join Aston Martin and Toyota in 2020/21 for the opening season of the hypercar regulations.

"There's nothing in the MKII [that points to a hypercar future], but Ford are looking at everything.

"They're in a mode now where they're investigating."

But Holt was confident that if Ford did enter the class it would return to Multimatic with whom it won the GTE Pro class of Le Mans in 2016, saying "we're joined at the hip".

With over 700bhp and additional downforce, Holt said the reveal of the MkII GT was instead the "ultimate expression" of the GT that had been held back due to the constraints of Balance of Performance.

"The GT is a lot less compromised than most supercars, but it is still somewhat compromised," he told Autosport.

"Then we go racing with it and a punter would say it's the ultimate version.

"But it's not, because you've got BoP. It isn't the ultimate way of showing the performance of the GT, it's the opposite.

"You're racing a [Chevrolet] Corvette, [Aston Martin] Vantage, the [Ferrari] 488 and the [BMW] M8.

"You've got basically donkey and giraffe racing."

shares
comments
Toyota: WEC '19/20 handicap system will help other LMP1 teams win

Previous article

Toyota: WEC '19/20 handicap system will help other LMP1 teams win

Next article

Fernando Alonso caused a "few sparks" at Toyota WEC team - Leupen

Fernando Alonso caused a "few sparks" at Toyota WEC team - Leupen
Load comments
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Plus

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Aug 22, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Plus

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Plus

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans Plus

The Asian underdog taking on the mighty GT factories at Le Mans

The rising HubAuto team steps up to GTE Pro at Le Mans this year for an ambitious bid to take on the three works giants – and has every reason to be optimistic of achieving its goal in becoming the first privateer on the podium since 2016

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Plus

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and were considered heavy favourites to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen

Le Mans
Aug 14, 2021
Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Plus

Why Argentina’s current great isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally

WEC
Aug 14, 2021