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Tuesday 27 September 2016
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Auto News: Ford GT Returns to Le Mans, Mercedes GLC F-Cell, Aston Martin DB9 GT

Auto News: Ford GT Returns to Le Mans, Mercedes GLC F-Cell, Aston Martin DB9 GT

Ford returns to Le Mans 24 Hours, Daimler preps the world’s first plug-in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle and leasing an Aston Martin DB9 GT for $2,500 a month (why didn’t we save our pennies?)

It’s all in this week’s auto news in :60.


Ford GT Returns to Le Mans 24 Hours

It’s going to be a big weekend for Ford. The Ford GT is racing in Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time in 47 years and will start on pole and in second in the LM GTE Pro class.

Four twin-turbo V6 Ford GTs are in the racing series. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs are numbered #66, #67, #68 and #69. The #68 Ford GT posted the fastest time in LM GTE Pro category during Wednesday’s qualifying session.

To mark its return to Le Mans, Ford commissioned a one-third replica LEGO GT modeled after #66 slated for the FIA World Endurance Championship on Saturday. Details include the same green wing mirrors and screen top visor as the full-sized car. It took three weeks and 40,000 lego bricks to put together, not to mention a whole lot of patience.

This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the GT40‘s historic 1-2-3- win at the 1966 running of Le Mans.

Mercedes-Benz GLC- F-Cell

A Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid is due in 2017.

The GLC F-Cell will be the world’s first production plug-in hydrogen vehicle.  It will get its juice from two sources: a plug-in battery and a hydrogen fuel-cell stack. Together they are good for a combined 310-mile range. 

The 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack sits in the rear of the crossover, along with a hydrogen fuel-cell stack in the floor. Mercedes’ parent company Daimler worked with Ford to shrink the size of the fuel-cell stack. It’s also made of 90-percent less aluminum to make it cheaper to build. While there is no official pricing yet, reports late last year suggested the GLC F-Cell might cost double of the conventional GLC, so that would put it in the $75,000 ballpark.

Aston Martin DB9 GT Lease Deal

If you have an extra $2,500 laying around every month, here’s something you could do with it. Lease a 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT. The automaker says it’s offering a “special” lease rate  through the end of June. (The lease is through Ally Financial.)

Aston Martin says it’s hoping to make the brand “more accessible” to more customers in the U.S., where it has 36 dealerships.

Looks like we should have saved a few more pennies in the piggy bank.

Photo Credit: Ford