The Ford GT40 is a sports car from the American manufacturer Ford which has enabled it to win many races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours 1966 to 1969. The name GT40 is the abbreviation of the Grand Touring category and the 40 inches of its height. From the early 1960s Henry Ford's grandson wanted his own cars to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1963 he wishes to buy the Ferrari company, which is facing great financial difficulties but the project will not succeed. As a result, Henry Ford decided to create a car that could compete with Ferrari in competitive sports. The English designer Eric Broadley, owner of Lola Cars, was chosen to design the Ford GT40, the first copy of which was completed on April 1, 1964. This vehicle reaches a speed of 257 km/h.
In the 1964 Le Mans preliminary tests, one car was destroyed and the other damaged due to major aerodynamic design defects, the rear lacking support and grip and the front lifting at high speed. Many modifications will be made, notably by the team of Carroll Shelby, the Ford team beating Ferrari at Le Mans 24 Hours. The first race for the Ford GT 40 will be the 1,000 km Nürburgring. The three Ford GT40 Mk I entered at the 1964 Le Mans 24 Hours and equipped with the 4.2 litre engine, will give up for mechanical problems, leaving victory to the Ferrari. The first victories will come in 1965 with the 2 000 km of Daytona for a Ford GT 40 Mk II of 7 liters prepared by Carroll Shelby. Even if six GT 40 take place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, two Mk II with 7 liters engine being the fastest, all the cars will give up for mechanical breakage, in favor of the victory of Ferrari.
1966 will mark the beginning of a series of victories for the Ford GT 40 at Le Mans: it will finish in the top three places in the 7-litre configuration, the Mk II also winning the 12 Hours of Sebring and Daytona Beach that same year. 1967 marks the advent of the Mk IV, which is a new car equipped with the 7 L of the Mk II, but with a new chassis and a design with an improved aerodynamics allowing to cross 340 km/h. The Mk IV will win the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours that year. In 1968, the FIA amended the regulation concerning the limited cylinder capacity of 5 L for production cars (more than 50 units). Five Ford GT40 Mk I equipped with the 4.7L V8 block with new Gurney-Eagle cylinder heads with increased displacement just below the limit at 4,942cc, for a power output of 410 hp will participate in Les Mans, the Mk I in the Gulf blue and orange colors, winning the event. In 1969, the GT40 Mk I 4.9 L won Le Mans just ahead of a Porsche 908.
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