Ford Shelby Beat Ferrari
For the 1966 race see 1966 24 hours of le mans.
Ford shelby beat ferrari. By 1965 shelby and his team were working on ford s new racer the gt40 which would go on to capture the famous le mans title from ferrari a performance juggernaut that had won the famous race. Carroll shelby who is played by damon in ford v ferrari also said he wished he never agreed to the dead heat. Tom fritz how ford beat ferrari at le mans dan gurney on his improbable 1967 le mans victory with a j. He instructed his engineers to build a racer that would beat the ferrari cars and the result was the ford gt40.
To ford that meant beating ferrari in the world s most prestigious car race the 24 hours of le mans which the prancing horse had historically dominated. Here s one pointed example. The first was powered by a 4 7 litre v8 though its debut at le mans in 1964 wasn t. Motor trend staff words.
If you only know the late carroll shelby for his tuner cars you re missing an amazing story of how during the mid 1960s his little nerd filled race shop in los angeles helped henry ford ii. Foyt in the gt40 mark iv. See all 37 photos. I felt wonderful about us winning one two and three in 66 but ken miles we.
Published on may 17 2012 road testament digs into the amazing story of how the late carroll shelby helped ford unseat enzo ferrari as the king of sports car racing during the mid 1960s. How ford beat ferrari at the 1966 24 hours of le mans you know ford won but this classic piece by motortrend shows how.
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