Ford At Le Mans
Subsequent cars fitted with the bigger 427 v 8 received the designation gt40 mark ii.
Ford at le mans. 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. American car designer carroll shelby and driver ken miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for ford in order to defeat ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966. Ford gt40 mk ii front. In the end ford entered le mans for the classic reason.
It took two years after ferrari famously walked out of a business meeting to get lunch and never returned before ford was ready to enter le mans. The realization was forced on ford in 1965 that the 289 race car was not fast enough to win le mans. Ford s dominance of the 1966 le mans under the management of the wise cracking shelby not only made racing history it remade ford as the performance car company it is today. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
A herculean effort from the ford chip ganassi team has transformed the car into a le mans winner in just over one year. Ford s first two defeats at le mans in 1964 and 65 were overseen by another persnickety brit john pappy wyer shelby s former boss on aston martin s racing team but pappy did get into heated. This car took second place overall all three top finishers were ford gt40s in the 1966 24 hours of le mans. This was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor.
Henry ford ii along with new zealanders bruce mclaren and chris amon celebrates the first victory for an american manufacturer at the 24 hours of le mans on the podium in 1966. The first gt40s carried ford s 289 cubic inch v 8. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine. Ford went to le mans with the gt40 a british built race car inspired by designer eric broadley s lola mark 6 gt.
Today the blue oval.
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