Updated Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. PDT
At the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans race that takes place this weekend in France, Ford announced an all new Ford GT race car, and to celebrate the occasion, Turn 10 Studios unveiled a series of custom Xbox One controllers to commemorate the history of Ford’s legendary victories.
Fifty years ago Ford made history at Le Mans with a series of victories that came to define an era, including the first win by an American driver and engine (1965), and one year later, the first overall win by an American constructor.
These one-of-a-kind controllers, built by the Xbox Hardware team model shop, are inspired by the Ford-powered cars of its namesake year.
The controllers will be displayed at the Ford stand at Le Mans throughout the 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend, June 12-14, before traveling to Los Angeles where they will be shown at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
Xbox is proud to return as an official sponsor of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Forza Motorsport has featured Le Mans’ famous Circuit de la Sarthe since 2009’s Forza Motorsport 3, and the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6 features the most accurate, laser-scanned version of the track available in gaming today, including both historic and current configurations with the ‘Forza Motorsport Chicane.’
See below for more details on the controllers:
Shelby Daytona Coupe
Bon Bondurant and Dan Gurney scored an American coup by winning at Le Mans in the GT class, finishing fourth overall, driving the brand-new Shelby Daytona Coupe powered by the Ford 4.7L V8.
GT40 Mk. II
1966 saw the Ford GT Mk. IIs make history when the cars placed first, second and third overall, marking the first time an American manufacturer to won overall at Le Mans. The first place car was a GT Mk. II in black and white with the number 2, driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.
GT40 Mk. IV
Ford defended its Le Mans title in 1967 in the “race of the century”. A record of 300,000 spectators witnessed drivers Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt break thru the 5,000 km mark for the first time.