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Ford's GT racer makes a pit stop at Leno's garage

In 1969, a Ford GT won the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans automobile endurance race for the fourth year in a row. That was 46 years ago, and a Ford car hasn't won since.

To be fair, the American motor company hasn't even participated in France's big race since its 1969 victory. But come June, that's all going to change.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its first win in 1966, Ford will be back with a brand new version of its famous GT.

The 2016 Le Mans Ford racer is based on a new ultra-high-performance consumer supercar that goes on sale next year.

It incorporates state-of-the-art aerodynamics to improve stability, advanced lightweight composites and EcoBoost technology.

But winning in France won't be easy. When it comes to performance, Ford still has a lot to prove. Especially against the German carmakers who have enjoyed victories at Le Mans in 18 of the last 20 races.

To hear more about the race car from Jay Leno's Garage, watch the video above.

Each week, Jay Leno shares his thoughts about hot topics in the auto industry. Tune in to "Jay Leno's Garage" Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC.