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. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine. 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. At le mans in 1964 all.
Ford gt40 mk ii front. 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. A good chunk of james mangold s ford v ferrari is devoted to a diligent recreation of the 1966 24 hours of le mans race and it all leads to a climax that if you don t know anything about it. 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.
This was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. 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. Success for the gt40 took time.
It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season. The car was showcased earlier in the year during the detroit motor show.
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