Ford Shelby Le Mans Car
It was one of the most advanced racing cars of the time and made a noted performance in le mans 1963 even though the car did not finish due to low gearing and slow revving out on the mulsanne straight however eric broadley lola cars owner and chief designer agreed on a.
Ford shelby le mans car. A bump in the roof accommodated gurney s 6 4 height. It was produced by 20th century fox directed by james mangold. The film began shooting in the summer of 2018 and was released in theaters on november 15 2019. It was heavy and its aerodynamics were compromised.
After le mans in 1966 ford realized that the mk ii was reaching the end of its competitive life. Shelby truly was an expert salesman and his gift for gab was of continuing assistance throughout his life and ford s le mans project. An american automotive designer racing driver and entrepreneur carroll shelby was best known for his involvement with the ac cobra and later with mustang based performance cars build in partnership with ford motor company. Shelby as he does in the film did have a serious heart.
He is still the only individual to win the 24 hours of le mans as a driver team manager and manufacturer. It was a formidable machine with a 427 cubic inch v 8 engine that churned out 500 horsepower. Csx2299 was the last daytona coupe sold by shelby with a bill of sale which read the number one cobra daytona coupe. The lola proposal was chosen since lola had used a ford v8 engine in its mid engined lola mk6 also known as lola gt.
The decision was made to return to le mans with an all new car incorporating the latest technology with almost no regard to cost. In 1965 the car set the lap record at oulton park. In 1964 this car set lap records at le mans reims and rouen and the race distance record at le mans and goodwood. It was decided early in may to build the mark ii version around the ford 427 engine.
Ford entered four mark iv cars in the 1967 le mans two under the sponsorship of shelby american and two under holman moody. The realization was forced on ford in 1965 that the 289 race car was not fast enough to win le mans. Gurney and foyt were assigned the 1 car campaigned by shelby american.
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