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The Ford GT succeeded after 7 failures to exploit the GT40 legend | Revelations with Jason Cammisa

by Hagerty
4 May 2022 1 min read
The Ford GT succeeded after 7 failures to exploit the GT40 legend | Revelations with Jason Cammisa

From 1961 to 1964, Ferrari dominated the gruelling Le Mans 24 hour race like no other car maker before or since. Its racing cars secured every podium position at the race for four years on the trot.

For Ford to take down the Italian marque, breaking its dominance in 1966, was one of the most significant upsets in motor racing. But it took 37 years of cranking for Ford to successfully start the mid-engined follow-up to the historic GT40 race car.

In the process, Ford created – and abandoned – at least seven mid-engined cars and concepts meant to recapture the glory from the famous victory of the Ford vs. Ferrari battle at Le Mans. In this episode of Revelations, Jason Cammisa tells the fascinating backstory of the 2005-2006 Ford GT – and how it, like the seven mid-engined attempts before it – was almost killed off before it had a chance.

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