By Mike Gillilan | October 30, 2011
The Ford GT40 started life as Ford’s attempt to upset Ferrari’s 6 consecutive wins at Le Mans, 1960 to 1965. And Ford succeeded, winning 4 years in a row, and the only American built race car to win overall at Le Mans in ’67. A Ferrari killer, if you will. All of this because of dispute between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.
Jump forward to 2002 and Ford showing off a GT40 concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. Starting in 2004, Ford proceeded to offer a road going Ford GT to the general public. Why the Ford GT and not the Ford GT40? Copyright.
Featured in this weekend wallpaper is the #40 Robertson Racing / Doran Ford GT Mk VII. This Ford GT, built by Kevin Doren, overseen by Robertson Racing. Features a Elan built 5L Ford DOHC 32v engine, pushing out 500hp – which is less then it’s street going brothers. This reduction in power is due to ALMS/ACO restrictions.
Oh, last weekend’s wallpaper makes a guest appearance in this weekend’s wallpaper.
What are your memories of the Ford GT40?