The Ford GT40 was designed to end Ferrari’s dominance in endurance sports car racing. The Italian marque had been victorious at the 24 Hours of Le Mans six consecutive times between 1960-1965, and Henry Ford II’s bitter rivalry with Enzo Ferrari made him determined to win with an American car. The GT40 wasn’t an immediate success, but fortunes soon changed when Carroll Shelby was given control of the racing program in 1965. In 1966, GT40s recorded 1-2-3 finishes at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and most importantly for Henry Ford II, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans victory was repeated at the next three runnings of the race, and Ferrari’s dominance was ended.
By James Walker
Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, April 2015