Ford gt40 le mans. The ford gt40 is a high performance endurance racing car with the mk i mk ii and mk iii model cars being based upon the british lola mk6 and were designed and built in england while the gt40 mk iv model was designed and built in the united statesthe range was powered by a series of american built engines modified for racingthe gt40 won the 24 hours of le mans four consecutive times from. Empty handed on his return to detroit fords point man don frey was told by henry ford ii to go to le mans and beat his ass or so the legend goes. Well how else would you get to le mans as ford revs up for an assault on la sarthe exactly 50 years since its epochal 1 2 3 win in the worlds greatest race.
It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season. Driven by ronnie bucknum and dick hutcherson it covered a distance of 348 laps over the. The ford gt also known as the gt40 first won le mans in 1966.
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966. Photos courtesy ford motor company. The result was the gt40 a car that.
The 1966 le mans winning ford gt40 mk ii in 2006. Ford gt40 mk ii chassis p1016 was the third car to cross the le mans finish line back in 1966. The mid engine v8 supercar went on to win the worlds most prestigious race three more times putting ferrari down while dominating.
First unveiled to the media at le mans last year the ford gts le mans victory comes 395 days after the car turned a wheel for the first time on may 20 2015 at calabogie motorsports park in canada. This particular car is the 5 gt40 fielded by the ford holman moody team in the 1966 24 hours of le mans.