Ford GT40 “Mirage M1”
The Ford GT40 is a high performance endurance race car with the Mk I, Mk II and Mk III models based on the British Lola Mk6 and designed and built in England, while the GT40 Mk IV was designed and built entirely within the States United. The range was powered by a series of American motors built for racing. The GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times, from 1966 to 1969 (1966 being the Mk II, 1967 Mk IV, and 1968-1969 the oldest design of the chassis, Mk I), including a 1- 2-3 finish in 1966. In 1966, with Henry Ford II personally present at Le Mans, the Mk II GT40 provided Ford with the first overall victory of Le Mans for an American manufacturer, and the first victory of an American manufacturer. in a major European race since Jimmy Murphy’s triumph with Duesenberg at the 1921 Grand Prix of France. The Mk IV GT40 that won Le Mans in 1967 is the only car designed and built entirely in the United States to achieve the overall victory at Le Mans .
The GT40 was originally produced to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari (who won at Le Mans six consecutive times from 1960 to 1965). The Ford / Shelby # P-1075 chassis, which won in 1968 and 1969, is the first car in the history of Le Mans to win the race more than once, using the same chassis. Using an American Ford V-8 engine, originally with a displacement of 4.7 liters (289 cubic inches), it was later extended to the 4.9-liter (302-cubic-inch) engine with custom Gurney-Weslake alloy heads.
The car was named GT (Grand Touring) with 40 representing its total height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured on the windshield) as required by the rules. Ford V8 large displacement engines (4.2 liters, 4.7 liters and 7 liters) were used in comparison to the Ferrari V12, which overtook 3.0 liters or 4.0 liters.
The first cars were simply called “Ford GT”. The name “GT40” was the name of Ford’s project to prepare the cars for the international circuit of endurance racing and the mission to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first 12 “prototypes” of vehicles carried GT-101 serial numbers through the GT-112. The “production” started and the subsequent cars – the MkI, MkII, MkIII and MkV (with the exception of the MkIV, which were numbered J1-J12) – were numbered GT40P / 1000 to GT40P / 1145 and thus officially “GT40s”. The name of the Ford project and the serial numbers dispel the story that “GT40” was “just a nickname.”
The contemporary Ford GT is a modern tribute to the GT40.