Ford Le Mans Program
The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
Ford le mans program. This ford gt40 prototype played a key role in shelby and ford s le mans program. Ford began racing the gt back in 2016 winning its class at le mans on debut and has since taken six additional wec class wins. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. However there were private teams racing the gt as well and it s these teams that could see.
In early 1963 ford reportedly received word through a european intermediary that enzo ferrari was interested in selling to ford motor company. It was also the seventh round of the 1966 world sportscar championship season this was the first overall win at le mans for the ford gt40 as well as the first overall win for an american constructor. In 2016 ford returned to le mans to mark the 50th anniversary of our incredible 1966 win and we celebrated in the best way possible by winning the race said bill ford executive chairman ford motor company. A sparsely worded newswire release was issued on may 22 1963 noting ford motor company and ferrari wish to indicate with reference to recent reports of their negotiations toward a possible collaboration that such negotiations have been suspended by mutual agreement.
Use default description of artifact. Ford reportedly spent several million dollars in an audit of ferrari factory assets and in legal negotiations only to have ferrari unilaterally cut off talks at a late stage. Ford gt at the 2016 24 hours of le mans ford from the start had committed to just a four year program. The second oldest gt40 in existence had an eventful life helping put ford s le mans effort back on track.
Ken miles s death marked the lowest point in ford s le mans program. Had a singular goal when it resurrected the gt race program in 2016. Win at le mans to honor the 50th anniversary of the company s legendary victory there over ferrari in 1966. At le mans hap sharp s was a backyard operation by any standards and by comparison with ford s it was dramatically modest.
Miles was a gifted engineer and driver who got involved with ford through his work for carroll shelby. The origins of the ford gt40 and the victory at le mans in 1966. On the 50th anniversary of ford s 1966 win in 2016 rushbrook s team led ford to victory in the 24 hours of le mans gt class after an epic duel with a ferrari 488. Henry ford ii had wanted a ford at le mans since the early 1960s.
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