The names of the Ford GT drivers have recently been revealed for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx will be competing against the best in the world in this year’s WEC with their eyes firmly set on the prize. These GT drivers were chosen for their passion, speed and proven endurance racing credentials, according to Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.
Ford is running two vehicles in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and an additional two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the intention of the two teams coming together in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours, arguably the most well known endurance race in the world.
Meet The Drivers
Marino Franchitti (Great Britain) is an endurance-specialist and has raced at Le Mans no less than five times.
“From my first test in the Ford GT I fell in love with it and just wanted to drive it more and more.” – Franchitti
Stefan Mücke (Germany) has multiple WEC victories under his belt and knows what it takes to make it onto the podium at Le Mans.
“I’m very excited to be part of such a great programme, especially with the history that the Ford GT has at Le Mans.” – Mücke
Olivier Pla (France) is an experienced WEC driver has first-hand knowledge of the fierce competition to come.
“It’s a huge honour for me to represent Ford – the Ford GT is a very special car and it is a privilege for me to drive it.” – Pla
Andy Priaulx (Great Britain) is a three-time FIA World Touring Car Champion who has also won one of the world’s toughest endurance races – the Nürburgring 24 Hours – and stood on the podium at Le Mans.
“A new project is always exciting but for me to be driving for Ford in the WEC is just on another level.” – Priaulx
The new Ford GT is a clear representation of Ford’s innovation in aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre construction. Making the Ford GT run is the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine, the most powerful EcoBoost production engine Ford has ever produced.
The World Endurance Championship Schedule
- April 17: 6 Hours of Silverstone, Great Britain
- May 7: 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium
- June 18/19: Le Mans 24 Hours, France
- July 24: 6 Hours of Nürburgring, Germany
- Sept. 3: 6 Hours of Mexico City, Mexico
- Sept. 17: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (Lone Star Le Mans), U.S.
- Oct. 16: 6 Hours of Fuji, Japan
- Nov. 6: 6 Hours of Shanghai, China
- Nov. 19: 6 Hours of Bahrain, Bahrain