To celebrate Ford’s return to the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race 50 years after recording an historic 1-2-3 victory in 1966, the #66 Ford GT race car is now available to drive in the Forza Motorsport 6 racing game for Xbox One.
This year Ford is running two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. All four Ford GTs will compete for GTE Pro class glory at the Le Mans 24 Hours that starts at 15:00 CET on June 18 in France.
For the Le Mans 24 Hours the two WEC Ford GTs retain their #66 and #67 race numbers while the IMSA cars become #68 and #69, celebrating Ford’s back-to-back Le Mans victories in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.
“Ford’s 1966 Le Mans victory is the stuff of motorsport legend, and now we’re back to take on the world’s toughest endurance race with our most technologically advanced car ever,” said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. “We’ve worked closely with Forza and Xbox so that millions of Forza Motorsport 6 gamers can experience the excitement of our Le Mans return side-by-side with Ford.”
The Forza Motorsport 6 cover star Ford GT road car is expected to start arriving in customers’ garages by the end of 2016. However Forza fans have been available to drive the car in Forza since the launch of the game last year.
Just as Forza Motorsport 6 and its community have continued to grow, so has their commitment to competitive online racing and eSports. Now we get to look forward to a Forza Racing Championship, an all-new competitive online racing and eSports initiative debuting in Forza Motorsport 6. The Forza Racing Championship welcomes players of all levels to hone skills as they compete for glory and real-world prizes.
To accompany the release of the Ford GT LM race car, Forza Motorsport are also launching a brand new Le Mans-themed Rivals event in Forza Motorsport 6. And, be sure to watch the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18th and 19th.
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