Ford Le Mans Racer
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
Ford le mans racer. Ford gt40 mk ii front. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine. The car was showcased earlier in the year during the detroit motor show. The realization was forced on ford in 1965 that the 289 race car was not fast enough to win le mans.
The most successful participant of all time at le mans danish driver tom kristensen leads with nine wins during 1997 2013 of which six were consecutive 2000 2005 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. Success for the gt40 took time. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. Ford gt sport as the name suggests the new ford gt christened ford gt le mans racer will be produced as a tribute to the ford s gt40 racing cars of the sixties.
At le mans in 1964 all. 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. After 50 years the 66 le mans winning ford gt40 is reborn 4 photos it was in 1966 when ford had a feud with ferrari after a failed attempt to buy the italian racing empire.
Ford dominated the le mans 24 hours race in 1966 winning it for the first time and taking all the podium places with its updated mkii and stellar driver line up. Ford s weapon of choice was the gt40 so called because it was just 40 inches tall and it went on to utterly dominate endurance racing.
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