A new pattern in the automotive industry has been appearing: beginning in 2012, the trend of making newly designed classic cars was founded by Chevrolet when the company announced that it would remake the classic Corvette Stingray, a model originally discontinued in 1967. On Monday, January 12, Acura announced at the North American International Auto Show that they will remake the classic NSX and it will be ready for purchase in 2016, while Ford unveiled the designs for the 2016 Ford GT.
More than recent efforts by Acura and Chevy, Ford’s new remake of the iconic GT40 carries the most historical prestige. The original Ford GT40 was made as a lightweight, endurance racing car for the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in France. It was the underdog, as the car was American and competed against agile Italian and British cars. Despite the underdog status, the Ford GT won the race four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969.
Ford’s announcement of the 2016 GT also included the fact that the new 2016 model will participate in the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in the year of its production.
As published by the Dupont Registry Blog, the remake and participation in Le Mans is “a return we have all been waiting for.”