Multiple sites, including Sportscar365, are reporting that Ford will indeed return to Le Mans in 2016 with a new GTE challenger. The two car attack will be run by current Ford DP entrant Chip Ganassi Racing.

The road car will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with the official confirmation of a race program coming later next year. Americans Joey Hand and Scott Pruett are expected to drive one of the cars throughout the 2016 Tudor United Sportscar season and at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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The engine in the new car is perhaps the biggest remaining mystery. Ford has shown interest in small displacement, turbocharged engines, competing in the Prototype class of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. However, they have a shiny new flat plane V8 from the new GT350.

Autoweek also has more details.

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