Ford Le Mans Racer
The realization was forced on ford in 1965 that the 289 race car was not fast enough to win le mans.
Ford le mans racer. It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season. 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. 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. Success for the gt40 took time.
This car took second place overall all three top finishers were ford gt40s in the 1966 24 hours of le mans. Ford gt40 mk ii front. But instead of euphoria on the podium chris amon and bruce mclaren who were classified first were strangely subdued. At le mans in 1964 all.
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine. 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 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.
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. 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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