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  Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 was one of the most distinctive sports cars of all time.
Henry Ford II wanted a Ford at Le Mans since the early 1960s, initially there was an attempt to buy Ferrari, but after they backed away in 1963 Ford started a lone project.
The original GT40 first raced at Le Mans in 1964 and was not very successful with all three cars retiring, but the experience gained then and in 1965 allowed the Mark II to dominate the race in 1966 with a 1-2-3 finish.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/gt/GT40.html   (315 words)

 Ford GT40
Henry Ford II had identified the need to inject some youth and excitement into the marque and turned to GT racing to do it.
In 1963 a subsiduary - Ford Advanced Vehicles - was set up with a couple of dozen employees and a couple of Lola cars to use as the basis for research and development.
During 1967, whilst the Mk II was being built for the track, a Mk 3 GT40 was constructed, targeted at the American market and destined for the road.
www.pistonheads.com /milestones/gt40.htm   (715 words)

 Ford GT40 | Beautiful and ugly machines
In 1965 Ford settled on a 4.7 litre V8 for its MK I GT40, Fifty cars were produced to conform to homologation laws for racing.
The GT40 MK III was intended for road use and a 4.7 litre V8 detuned to 306 bhp was offered.
The final MK IV version of the GT40 returned again tot he 7 litre engine and the final incarnation of the car was capable of 220 mph, supercar performance even by today's standards.
www.diseno-art.com /encyclopedia/machines/ford_gt40.html   (311 words)

 GT40 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
With this in mind Ford required a sports GT car suitable for use in competition and for sale to the general public in a road trim variation.
Ford decided that the easiest, quickest and most cost effective way to achieve its objectives was to simply buy a company which already had the required reputation.
Ford decided on Ferrari who were totally dominant in sports GT racing at the time.
www.tornadosportscars.com /TS40/GT40history.html   (302 words)

 Ford GT40 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ford GT was a sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969.
The contemporary Ford GT is a modern homage to the GT40.
In 1970, the revised Porsche 917 dominated and the GT40 became obsolete.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ford_GT40   (2320 words)

 Ford GT40 Concept Vehicle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The GT40 – the legendary car brought to life by Henry Ford II to change performance car history – finds new life in a modern road car that re-ignites Ford’s hallmarks of passion, performance and speed.
Instead of steel or honeycomb-composite tubs used in the 1960s, Ford’s SVT Engineering group developed an all-new aluminum spaceframe as the foundation for the GT40 concept.
Ford’s SVT Engineering – which also created performance versions of the Focus, Mustang Cobra and F-Series Lightning – developed the chassis and powertrain.
www.ganleyford.com /Concepts/GT40.htm   (857 words)

Ford and legendary names of motorsport – including the creator of the Shelby Cobra, Carroll Shelby – teamed up for the 1966 event and a new version of the GT40 – the Mark II – was entered for the race.
It is a way for Ford to support the lasting outpouring of enthusiasm for the Ford GT40 long after its involvement in frontline motorsport came to an end.
Sold by Ford to just 101 customers in Europe, and developed as a result of Ford's global centennial celebrations in 2003, the new Ford GT carries the key strands of the DNA of the Ford GT40 forward for new generations.
media.ford.com /article_display.cfm?article_id=23762   (910 words)

 Ford GT: About Ford GT - History
Ford V8 powered sports cars designed by Ford Advanced Vehicles, Ltd. are named Ford GT40.
Ford GT prototype has its world debut in March.
Ford GT qualifies at 24 Hours of Le Mans with new track record.
fordgt.eesc.com /fordgt/time_line.asp   (269 words)

 Ford GT40
It was Ford's first ever mid-engined sports car, and also one of the earliest for any car makers.
From this beginning design brief, the GT40 is considered by most to be purely a racing car, although sufficient numbers were manufactured for homologation as well as marketing purposes.
The most serious "road" version was the GT40 Mk III, which featured a more practical cabin and had the motor detuned to 306 hp for meet new emission regulations.
www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au /car_info_ford_gt40.htm   (299 words)

 Test Drive: Ford GT - Ford-News
And the superfast Ford GT supercar is available for test-driving during an extended rainy period.
Ford has recalled the GT because of a potential flaw that could cause the suspension control arms to fall apart and the car to crash.
Ford began calling GT owners Dec. 15 telling them not to drive their cars because of the potential flaw.
www.ford-news.com /content/view/44/55   (1199 words)

 Superformance SPF GT40 - Kit Car Magazine
The car was first known as simply Ford GT, but became the Ford GT40 because of the height of the top of the roof from the pavement-40 inches.
Basically, the only way to obtain a more genuine GT40 than the SPF GT would be to plunk down however many million dollars it would take to purchase one raced in the '60s, or one of the 32 built and detuned for the street.
Built from Ford Advanced Vehicles blueprints, the semi-monocoque chassis and pressed steel roof spider are an exact replication of the original.
www.kitcarmag.com /featuredvehicles/0611kc_superformance_spf_gt40   (1154 words)

 Buy your Ford GT
To truly appreciate the remarkable achievement that is the Ford GT of today, you need to go back to the 1960s and to the fabulous Ford GT40 that inspired it.
This agreement, he believed, put Ford at a serious disadvantage with the Europeans, who were proud of parading their racing successes before the public's eye.
The era of the GT40 is a story of performance and endurance, not just of the machine itself, but of the people who conceived it and brought it to reality.
www.2005fordgt.com /article_11.htm   (863 words)

 CanadianDriver: Ford GT40
Ford's search for international sports racing expertise took them to England, and the services of ex-Aston Martin racing team manager John Wyer.
Styling was developed at Ford's Dearborn studio, with aerodynamic testing conducted in the University of Maryland's wind tunnel.
Ford's engineers and drivers continued to test and develop, and vindication finally came in 1966.
www.canadiandriver.com /articles/bv/gt40.htm   (810 words)

 Ford GT40 MkII by Exoto
The Ford GT40 was supposedly developed as a result of Ford's last minute failure to buy Ferrari, which they were keen to do in the early 1960's.
Ford was less than pleased, and decided to beat Ferrari at it's own game by building a car capable of winning at LeMans.
Both the front and rear bodywork sections open to reveal lots of intricate detail, including a 7 litre Ford V8, the regulation luggage holders between the rear wheels (an archaic rule for LeMans which required all "sports cars" to be capable of transporting two regulation sized suitcases) and of course all the exhaust plumbing too.
www.1-18scalecars.com /0Ford_GT40_MkII_black.htm   (712 words)

 Ford GT40 New Concept
The Ford GT race car beat the world’s best in endurance racing, placing 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and winning the next three consecutive years.
Ford’s “Centennial Supercar” builds on the company’s product-led transformation and will be the flagship of Ford Division’s 2004 “Year of the Car” that will include the launches of the Ford Five Hundred sedan, Freestyle crossover and legendary Mustang — and then the Ford Futura mid-size sedan in 2005.
The Ford GT features many new and unique technologies, including super-plastic-formed aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction-stir welded center tunnel, a “ship-in-a-bottle” gas tank, a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon-fiber inner panel.
www.webspawner.com /users/fordgt40newconcept/index.html   (871 words)

 Ford GT40 Mark IV - Supercars.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Since Ford Advanced Vehicles had been sold off, the J Car was produced by Fords subsidiary Kar Kraft.
Decaled number one, it was Ford's sleek red supercar that took victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford had beat Ferrari at Le Mans - for the second time - and that's the story they were after.
www.supercars.net /VC?id=694   (861 words)

 2005 Ford GT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ford showed the first three production units of the GT at the Ford Centennial Celebration in June 2003, with full production to begin in the spring of 2004.
Ford plans to build about 1,500 GT supercars, with a target MSRP under $150,000—although final pricing will be announced later.
The GT40 concept features a long front overhang—reminiscent of 1960s race cars—and is nearly a foot and a half longer and four inches taller than the original.
www.public.asu.edu /~bmwatso/fordgt.htm   (192 words)

 The Ford GT-40
The Ford GT-40 is so named due to it's overall height of 40 inches.
The Mirages were a redesign of the MK I's and used Ford small blocks and engines from BRM.
In 1968 and 1969 the MK I's had to be raced again as the limitation of cubic inches came into force.
www.me.mtu.edu /~prater/GT40/GT40.html   (602 words)

 Cav GT - Fabulous recreation of the famous Ford GT40 - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Henry Ford II was the man whose vision steered the course of Ford racing car history into as yet unchartered territory.
Ford Advanced Vehicles was created with the sole purpose of designing and developing a supreme racing car that would speed to victory at Le Mans.
The project that would birth the GT40 was ushered in under the auspices of Eric Broadley in the United Kingdom.
www.cavgt.co.uk   (457 words)

 WoodCop: Scraps: Cars: Ford GT40
He and several Air Force buddies were there in June of 1966 to witness three Ford GT40 race cars take 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans race.
When the "new" Ford GT40 was introduced in 2004, my Dad told the manager of his local Ford dealership about his souvenir flag.
It was a 1-2-3 finish for the Ford GT40 Mark II's.
www.woodcop.com /sfc_fordgt.htm   (420 words)

 Name change for GT40 - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks and Cars
Ford said it would build three copies of the sports car in late 2003 to commemorate the automaker's 1-2-3 finish at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans as part of Ford's 100th anniversary celebration.
Journalists and Ford employees filled an arena to watch the unveiling of the concept car, and Ford distributed metal replicas of the car's knock-off wheel hub, emblazoned with a GT40 logo.
Ford had negotiated limited rights to the GT40 name from Safir GT40 Spares for the concept car, and assumed that the rest of the deal would fall into place.
www.fordforums.com /showthread.php?t=26379   (797 words)

 Ford GT40 - Previews - Car and DriverFebruary 2002
And as automotive heroes go, Ford's GT40 was to endurance racing what Gen. George Patton was to European butt kicking—crass, confident, and highly effective.
Ford's winning streak stretched through 1969, by which time Ferrari had withdrawn from the series.
The wheelbase is stretched nearly a foot, the height goes up three inches from 40.5 inches (a figure that was rounded down to 40 in the naming of the original car) to 43.5 inches.
www.caranddriver.com /previews/1827/ford-gt40.html   (523 words)

 Revell Ford GT40 Model Car Kit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ford GT40: An Anglo-American Supercar Classic - In In the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company became a powerful force in international motor racing - a fact which can be recalled simply enough today, but when that decade opened, such a state of affairs would have been almost beyond imagination.
Ford Racing Century: A Photographic History of Ford Motorsports - Ford Racing Century: A Photographic History of Ford Motorsports.
Ford Total Performance: The Road to World Racing Domination, 1962-1970 - Racing journalist and historian Alex Gabbard chronicles Ford's rise to world racing domination, taking us behind the scenes with the men responsible for designing, building, and driving the many racing machines that took the racing world by storm during this performance era.
www.rocketfin.com /mcc/ford_gt40.html   (196 words)

 Ford GT40 Restoration - Qualifying
Historians and owners agree that the Ford GT40 was quite probably the last of the "dual purpose" racecars; a racecar that could be driven on the street, yet still win outright the most prestigious auto race of them all: The 24Hrs of LeMans.
Historical documents record that all of the original Ford GT40's were built during those "golden years" of the 1960's.
As a further testament to its incredible lifeline, the FORD GT40 still looks exotic enough that numerous companies are copying the original to this very day.
www.racingicons.com /gt/index.html   (640 words)

 gizmag Article: Ford GT40 Race History
In June 1962, Henry Ford II withdrew his company from the 1957 Automobile Manufacturers Association ban on racing, signalling the beginning of a Ford commitment to international motorsport.
Ford Motor Company had joined a 1957 Automobile Manufacturers Association agreement prohibiting direct involvement in racing, and the ban quickly took its toll on Ford's image and its ability to engineer performance.
They found that the "Grand Touring" car Ford conceived to win at Le Mans had much in common with the new Lola GT, a low-slung coupe developed by Eric Broadley in Slough, England, not the least of which was the American V-8 mounted amidships — a rarity for European cars of the time.
www.gizmag.co.uk /go/1230/1   (929 words)

 All Ford Mustangs News - Industry News - Ford's GT40 May Be Ready by Mid '03
The GT40 is slated to be released in very limited quantity next summer and once production is fully ramped up, the car will be produced in the hundreds anually.
While Ford will oversee the actual assembly of the GT40, Saleen will build the vehicle at a factory located within 300 miles of Detroit, which forces Saleen to move at least some of its operations from Southern California where it has a design house, production facility and parts distribution hub.
Ford wants all GT40 production operations and suppliers to be located within a 300-mile radius of headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
www.allfordmustangs.com /artman/publish/article_63.shtml   (250 words)

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