The stunning Ford GT40 came about after Henry Ford II
failed in his bid to buy Ferrari.
In 1963 Ford Advanced Vehicles was set up with the help
of Eric Broadley, from Lola cars. The first prototype
GT40 was finished in April 1964. The car gets its name
from the fact the roof sits just 40 inches above the
road, this feature is also the reason why the doors
cut into the roof - to aid entry.
The GT40 prototype used a 4.2 litre V8 making 350 bhp,
the car was raced and tested at Le Mans, the Nurburgring,
Reims and Nassau. Information gained through these trials
and the adjustments made allowed the team to achieve
an impressive top speed of 207 mph.
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 MK II GT40 came with a larger 7 litre V8 making
485 bhp, this new car took all three podium places at
the Daytona 24 hour race. At the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours
several MK I and MK II GT40's took part, 3 of the MK
II's took first second and third.
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
In all the GT40 stole the Le Mans crown from Ferrari
4 times consecutively from 1966 - 1969.
Today the Ford GT supercar first produced in 2003 pays
homage to this great racer, possibly Fords finest.
The modern car uses a 5.4 litre V8 making 550 horsepower
with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.