Published on August 18th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Picture Of The Day_Ford GT40_Used To Scare Ferrari On The Race Circuit
After a successful two year program, Ford and its racing partner Shelby American continued to campaign the Ford GT40 in prototype endurance racing. The 1965 version of the GT40 proved itself capable and was primary opposition for Ferrari’s P2. For the following season, Ford concentrated on developing the Mark Two GT40 which would compete against Ferrari’s radically different 330 P3.
During the 1965 LeMans, Ford received much attention for two large-displacement GT40s entered in the race. These two cars were prepared by Kar Kraft, a subsidiary of Ford run by Roy Lunn.
They chopped up the GT40 chassis to accept the 427 CID Galaxie engine. Unfortunately, development time on these cars was short and the decision to run them at Le Mans was unexpected.
The initial performance of the 427 GT40 was promising. The car could reach 210 mph down the Mulsanne straight and qualified almost ten seconds faster than any Ferrari. During the opening hours of the race, prototype GT40s were in the lead. Unfortunately transmission problems arose, retiring both cars. Afterwards, it was clear that the 427 GT40 would be the car to race and a more robust transmission was necessary to make the distance.