Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ford GT40 (1964, USA)
In 1963 Ford was interested in buying Ferrari. The purchase seemed immediately when at the last moment refused Ferrari and Ford executives went into a rage. He immediately decided to create their racing team and create their own cars to beat the Ferrari in the legendary career of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Eric Broadley, the head Lola company, is developing the GT40, which causes great impacts. Some models were manufactured road with a luxurious interior in 1965. The GT40 is moved V8 engine in central position of 4.7 liters and 380 hp in the most basic version. The prototype MK II reaches even 485 hp. The monocoque frame is reinforced with steel and the body is fiberglass.
In 1964 runs at Le Mans for the first time the GT40 but could not finish the race either, but the pilot managed to give Phil Hill set the fastest lap of the circuit. It was in 1966 and 1967 when the GT40 won victory in Le Mans.
After these victories, Ford decided to retire from competition but the president of Gulf Oil to convince Ford to continue in the competitions, winning also the evidence for the years 1968 and 1969.
Surprisingly hard time selling a GT40 and even more so when it became obsolete for racing. The GT40 was not cheap to maintain even in the road car version. In total, increased production to 133 units of this vehicle today are priceless.