Ford Wins First Le Mans
It was a repeat of the american carmaker s triumph at the 12 hours of sebring three months earlier.
Ford wins first le mans. The win was the first in 40 years for an american manufacturer in international competition and it proved miles prowess behind the wheel. 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. It was fifty years ago that ford scored its first 24 hours of le mans victory bringing ferrari s dominance to an end with a conclusive 1 2 3 sweep. Win at le mans to honor the 50th anniversary of the company s legendary victory there over ferrari in 1966.
A low line mid engine coupé powered by a ford v8 that showed promise at le mans until its colotti gearbox caused david hobbs to crash after 13 hours. The true story behind ford v. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. Henri pescarolo who went.
However two dramatic events eclipsed the sporting achievements in sebring that year. The 24 hours of le mans 24 heures du mans is the world s oldest sports car endurance race and one of the most famous and influential in motorsports history. Motortrend was there to witness ford s epic win over ferrari. The race has been run every year since its inception with the exception of 1936 when the race was not run due to worker strikes and 1940 to 1948 due to world war ii.
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 overall winners of all events since 1923 are listed here. Check out our first hand account of the legendary 1966 24 hours of le mans. But there s some additional drama.
Ford trounced the frontrunner ferrari as all three ford cars crossed the finish line in a dead heat. 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. Ford approved of his lack of ego and mk6 gt. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
A one year deal was signed on august 1 and bruce mclaren was testing an updated ford by the month s end. Although ford did not win le mans that year miles played a crucial role in their victory next year. A herculean effort from the ford chip ganassi team has transformed the car into a le mans winner in just over one year.
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