As Ford Chip Ganassi Racing prepares to again campaign a quartet of Ford GT race cars at the storied 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the cars have been handed Balance-of-Performance (BoP) changes by the FIA and ACO. These consist of a 13-kg (roughly 29-lb) weight penalty reduction, a small reduction in maximum allowable boost pressure, and a fuel capacity decrease of 2 liters.
The Ford GT is one of five cars in the GTE-Pro class given BoP adjustments heading into Le Mans, out of a total of six slated to compete. Only the Porsche 911 RSR, which was the fastest car on Test Day, has seen no BoP adjustments. The Ford GT’s hometown rival, the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, has been handed 10 kg of additional ballast, while the BMW M8 GTE and Ferrari 488 GTE have been given small boost increases. The Aston Martin Vantage GTE, which was nearly five seconds off the pace during testing, has been granted a larger boost increase, and 4 extra liters of fuel capacity.
All GTE-Pro cars still must obey a maximum stint length of 14 laps.
The Ford GT won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Pro class its first year out in 2016 – exactly 50 years after the GT40’s first historic win. It was unable to replicate the result last year, settling for second place and ceding victory to Aston Martin racing. This year, the GT field is 30-strong, with 17 cars slated to compete in the GTE-Pro class, and 13 in GTE-Am (amateur). Aston Martin, BMW, and Porsche all have newer cars than the Ford GT.