Friday, June 10, 2011

Gulf Slot It Ford GT40 MKI

CW09 Ford Gt 40 MKI: Le Mans Winner 1969
Drivers: Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver

The Ford GT40 was one of the most successful car who won four times the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966 being the Mk II, 1967 the Mk IV, and 1968-1969 the oldest chassis design, the Mk I.

This is the first car in Le Mans history to win the race more than once with the same chassis; it was built to compete against Ferrari (who had won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965).

The Mk I chassis n. 1075 was a steel and aluminum semi-monocoque; body was reinforced with carbon fiber. It had brakes ventilated discs. The engine, originally a 4.7 liter, had been enlarged to 4.9-liter with the special alloy Gurney-Weslake cylinder head; the gearbox was a ZF 5 gears.

The MKI was later upgraded to Mk II specifications with a 7.0 liter (427ci) engine.
The GT 40 will become the most glorious of all Ford Racing; in '69 the car caught the victory at Sebring.

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