Years Ford Won Le Mans
A herculean effort from the ford chip ganassi team has transformed the car into a le mans winner in just over one year.
Years ford won le mans. The potential for the race and street car to again be associated with winning le mans is almost too much to hope for given this is ford s first year back since 1967 the company won that year. Motortrend was there to witness ford s epic win over ferrari. It was fifty years ago that ford scored its first 24 hours of le mans victory bringing ferrari s dominance to an end with a conclusive 1 2 3 sweep. The 1966 24 hours of le mans was the 34th grand prix of endurance and took place on 18 and 19 june 1966.
The race has been run every year since its inception with the exception of 1936 when the race was not run due to worker strikes and 1940 to 1948 due to world war ii. Henri pescarolo who went. 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. It was a repeat of the american carmaker s triumph at the 12 hours of sebring three months earlier.
But in order to engineer a photo finish miles allowed the second two fords to catch up. It has been more than 50 years since the ford gt40 mk. Ii p 1046 won the 24 hours of le mans the first for the blue oval and for america itself. In le mans that year miles led in a ford gt40 mkii at the end of the race with two other gt40s following.
A good chunk of james mangold s ford v ferrari is devoted to a diligent recreation of the 1966 24 hours of le mans race and it all leads to a climax that if you don t know anything. First unveiled to the media at le mans last year the ford gt s le mans victory comes 395 days after the car turned a wheel for the first time on may 20 2015 at calabogie motorsports park in canada. It was also the debut le mans start for two significant drivers. However two dramatic events eclipsed the sporting achievements in sebring that year.
The 24 hours of le mans 24 heures du mans is the world s oldest sports car endurance race and one of the most famous and influential in motorsports history.
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