The Ford GT40 was a race car that was designed by Ford and was first introduced to the world in 1964 at the Nurburgring race in May of that year. The car was Ford's attempt on behalf of Henry Ford II who wanted to enter a car into the Le Mans race, something that he had wanted for years. The process of getting to the Ford GT40 was a long and complex one. At first, Ford was in discussion with Ferrari in order to develop the car, in which Ford spent millions of dollars auditing Ferrari and figuring out just how the two could produce a race car that would beat all other race cars. However, in order for the deal to be legitimate, Ferrari would not be able to race at the Indianapolis 500, this angered Ferrari and because of this they backed out of the deal, which greatly upset Ford. Because of this Henry Ford II became even more determined about producing a race car that would beat all others, but mainly would beat Ferrari. Eventually, Ford sided with Lola in order to produce the Ford GT40 because they believed that Lola had a good understanding of the Ford engine since they had used the engine in some of their cars, and believed that by partnering they could produce the best race car for Ford.
The Ford GT40 is a huge part of Ford history. This was the time in which they had disagreements with race car drivers in which they actually lost their main driver in a test car accident in which Ford blamed the aerodynamics of the car and how they had yet to completely make the new design fool proof. However, this accident gave Ford the kick that they needed in order to produce a more advanced GT40. In 1970, the GT40 became obsolete in that it did not win the Le Mans race, and was beaten by Porsche. This was when Ford called it quits on the GT40 idea, however, this was only after winning the Le Mans more than five times with the various versions of the GT40 that Ford had designed.
However, the GT40 can still be found in many of the cars that Ford produces today. All of the models that have a GT stamped onto the end of it are throwbacks to the GT40, which means that the idea of the GT40 is still alive in today's time. The GT40 got its name from the Gran Turismo (GT), and the 40 comes from the height of the car. Overall, the GT40 can be considered the most successful race car for Ford, since it did win the Le Mans just as Ford himself had wanted, plus it won many other races during its life.
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