Ford Gt40 Wins Le Mans
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Ford gt40 wins le mans. The real life le mans 66 ended with a historic finish. Although ford did not win le mans that year miles played a crucial role in their victory next year. But there s some additional drama. First unveiled to the media at le mans last year the ford gt s le mans victory comes 395 days after the car turned a wheel for the first time on may 20 2015 at calabogie motorsports park in canada.
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as all three ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. On the 50th anniversary of ford s 1966 win in 2016 rushbrook s team led ford to victory in the 24 hours of le mans gt class after an epic duel with a ferrari 488. A herculean effort from the ford chip ganassi team has transformed the car into a le mans winner in just over one year.
The gt40 broke ferrari s streak in 1966 and went on to win the next three annual races. The win was the first in 40 years for an american manufacturer in international competition and it proved miles prowess behind the wheel. The ford gt also known as the gt40 first won le mans in 1966 the mid engine v8 supercar went on to win the world s most prestigious race three more times putting ferrari down while dominating. The restored gt40 chassis p 1046 was in attendance in 2016 le mans when ford won the title again.
Had a singular goal when it resurrected the gt race program in 2016. It also made a red carpet appearance together with the stars of ford v ferrari celebrating the. Win at le mans to honor the 50th anniversary of the company s legendary victory there over ferrari in 1966. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers.
Empty handed on his return to detroit ford s point man don frey was told by henry ford ii to go to le mans and beat his ass or so the legend goes. It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season this was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor. The gt40 effort was launched by ford motor company to win long distance sports car races against ferrari which won every 24 hours of le mans race from 1960 to 1965.
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