Today, Tony Gardner announced that previously and long awaited Ferrari GTE car wouldn’t be alone in its debut in the sim. A new Ford GT is expected to be released along with the italian car to complete a hypothetical GTE category to join IMSA series in this their first season. They are not sure if both cars would be ready for Le Mans event at 10th June but timing is good and there shouldn’t many complains or changes with the main manufacturers. Anyway, there is not a real guarantee so both cars will not have a separate series for the moment having some room replacing GT3 cars inside IMSA grid.
This Ford GT LM GTE-PRO is the same car you already found in Forza Motosports and Project Cars. While GT3 and GT2 specifications are developed, old Ford GT is expected to be one of the available cars in GT3 category.
Here we have the original announcement from Mr Gardner:
“We previously announced that we licensed and that we are building the Ferrari 488 GTE car.
What we did not announce but I’m happy to announce now is that we also licensed the Ford GT GTE car that won Le Mans last year.
I am also glad to say both cars are completed and submitted for manufacturer approval. That can take a short amount (days) of time or quite a bit of time (weeks). They also could come back asking for tweaks or with questions which delays the process.
However our hope is both or at least one car will be in the early June build. If not, we will release upon approval. We also cannot release any videos or photos until approved FYI.
Our plans for these cars in regard to the official series is to put both cars in the IMSA series in the same class. We would take the GT3 cars out of that series, the Porsche would stay in the IMSA series.
The iRacing Le Mans race starts June 10th. We hope that one or both of the cars are in the initial build or very shortly after so any interested members would have enough time to get in some practice for that race. Odds are quite good that will be the case. We would put one or both cars in the Le Mans race if that is the case, again in the same class. We would likely pull the Ford GT2 car out of the race. Therefore it would be the HPD, the two GT1 cars and one or both of the GTE cars. In the chance we don’t have a GTE car, we would keep the Ford GT2 car in place and still run the race that day.