Posted by Stephen Adamson
Stephen Adamson

This is huge news for any fan of gorgeous, fast cars.

Back in the 1960s, Ford was in negotiations with Enzo Ferrari to purchase his company. After a bitter back and forth: Enzo would eventually disagree with the terms Ford was offering, and sent Don Frey (Ford's point-man at the time) home to Detroit.

It was then that Henry Ford II apparently said, "go to Le Mans, and beat his ass," sparking a legendary rivalry. That was the fight that preempted the creation of the GT40, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 Le Man, the company is returning to the iconic 24-hour race.

“When the GT40 competed at Le Mans in the 1960s, Henry Ford II sought to prove Ford could beat endurance racing’s most legendary manufacturers,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are still extremely proud of having won this iconic race four times in a row, and that same spirit that drove the innovation behind the first Ford GT still drives us today.”

Here's what the all-new Ford GT supercar will look like:

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(Via: TopGear)