Introduction to the Ford GT40

- Apr 11, 2019 -

Introduction to the Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 is a classic super sports car from Ford Motor Company that was discontinued in 2011. It appeared to compete with Ferrari. And it turns out that this powerful sports car really did.

The Ford GT defeated the world's best cars in the rally and took the top three in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GT40 is named after the 40-inch high car. From 1966 to 1968, it won the French Le Mans Endurance Championship, and it was really Ford's face.

The first Ford GT 40 was introduced on April 1, 1963, codenamed GT/101. The GT 40 has a high-strength steel frame in the middle, front and back covered with glass-steel pieces, a mid-mounted all-aluminum 4.2-liter V8 engine with a Colotti four-speed transmission, and a computer-designed double A-arm suspension, which caused a sensation at the time. However, the first year of the GT 40 was not smooth. The first time the 1964 Nürburgring 1000km endurance race was unveiled from the second place due to the suspension break. Three weeks later, three GT 40s participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but all of them retired, with Ginther and Gregory racing leading the way from the second lap to the first pit stop. A year later, a GT 40 won the 2,000-mile endurance race in the United States. Until 1966, Ford was finally shamed in Le Mans, and three GT 40 Mk II cars with 7-liter engines were on the podium. Then until 1969, Ford did not let the Le Mans champion fall into the hands of Ferrari.

The car is named after the GT (Grand Tourisme; long-distance travel), which means it wants to win the Lahman GT category; and 40 means the car is 40 miles tall. Compared to Ferrari's 4L and 3L engines, Ford's GT40 is equipped with a large displacement Ford V8 engine, available in 4.7L and 7L. A chassis made of aluminum alloy.

The early-made GT40 was simply named Ford GT. The name GT40 represents Ford's ambition to enter the international long-distance race. The first 12 prototypes that were originally manufactured were named GT-101 to GT112, and then mass-produced MkI, MkIIs, MkIIIs and MkVs, numbered GT40-P-1000 to GT40-P-1145, officially called "GT40s". And "GT40" is just a small name.

The 2005 Ford GT is a tribute to the GT40.