The iconic Ford GT40 – one of america’s most incredible racecars ever – was built because of a dispute between Henry Ford II and Mr Enzo Ferrari. The project’s aim was to win long-distance-sports-car-races, which Ferrari has dominated so far.
(1, 2, 3, victory for the Ford GT40 at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans – After Ferrari won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965)
Originally developed in England by Ford Advanced Vehicles Ltd., under the direction of Aston Martin’s former team manager John Wyer, the Ford GT run through several namings on the time of progress. Early cars were simply titled GT, short form for Grand Touring, later extended to GT40, representing its overall height of 40 inches, as required by the rules.
The car was driven for the first time in May 1964, a 1000 km race at Nürburgring, where it retired with suspension failure after holding second place. Three weeks later, Ford also failed at Le Mans, the world stage of auto racing and didn’t succeed nor either in ’65.
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