Ford considers future GTE customer program

Ford is now in its second season of its new LMGTE program with the Ford GT and Chip Ganassi Racing, which is exactly the time that the American manufacturer announced that would put total focus in the factory run, and after this the possibility of customer programs may become a reality.

Ford Performance's Dave Pericak confirmed the initial factory-only effort and opened the door for possible customers, which would be as early as 2018, but with only a limited number of cars being made while prices and support would need to be clarified, according to Sportscar365.

The only thing that seems to be a barrier to raise the interest of the program is the mandated rule in LMGTE-Am to run one-year old cars, as Ford intends to bring an Evo kit to the Ford GT, and trying to deal with support for cars with slightly different specs would be the problem for them, specially considering the LMGTE-Am in FIA WEC is somehow an outsider compared to the LMGTE-Pro class and IMSA's GTLM class.

At the moment the LMGTE-Am class counts with the Corvette C7R GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE and the upgraded Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE. It is understood that Porsche is about to announce the customer program structure for 2018 around its new 911 RSR GTE.

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