Ford v Ferrari - A Historic Victory for America

06/06/2019
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The first trailer for hotly anticipated film Ford v. Ferrari has been released by 20th Century Fox. The film is based on a true event in which Ford defeated Ferrari in the Le Mans race with the Ford GT40.

An Amazing Film

For your information, the film "Ford v. Ferrari" was due to be released this summer, but Fox has decided to push it back to this fall to help it gain a better position in an award run. This is the first film directed by James Mangold after the incredibly successful Logan. The trailer has given us a preview of the movie, which is based on a real event and tells a story in which Ford successfully manufactured an all-new car which defeated a continual race dominator from Ferrari. According to the trailer, Ford, in a desire to beat Ferrari in the race, approached Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon). However, to defeat Ferrari, raw speed is not enough, but “a pure racer behind the wheel” is also required to overthrow the Prancing Horse.

Finally, racer Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) has been chosen to implement the critical task. When asked how long it takes to complete the car, Shelby answers: “90 days”, an extremely short time to develop a supercar. Then he and some engineers start to develop and put the Ford GT40 on a test before it participated in the 1966 Le Mans where, for the first time, Ford was successful in beating Ferrari. At the end of the trailer, Ford Henry II bursts into tears because of the shock at the super speed of the vehicle after being taken for a quick drive in the GT40.

The first trailer of Ford v. Ferrari has been released

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An impressive vehicle

The triumphant car was called GT40, with GT standing for Grand Touring and 40 representing its height of 40 inches (1.02 metres). Based on the British Lola MK6, the Ford GT40 was a high-performance endurance racecar and included four models: the Mk I, Mk II, and Mk III and Mk IV. While the first three models were developed in France, the last one was built in the USA.

The GT40 won the Le Mans in four continuous times from 1966 to 1969 (the Mk II in 1966, Mk IV in 1967 and the Mk I in 1968 and 1969. In the first triumph in 1966, Henry Ford II attended the race in person and he was not disappointed at the performance of the performance car. This was the first time that an American car model won the Le Mans and also the first victory for an American automaker in a European race since the triumph of Duesenberg at the 1921 French Grand Prix. Noteworthily, the GT40 IV is the only car to be completely developed in the USA to attain the overall triumph at Le Mans.

The four models keep under its hood a range of American-developed engines specifically modified for racing. To be more specific, the Ford GT40 has used the large-displacement Ford V8 engines(4.2-litre, 4.7-litre and 4.9-litre), in comparison with the Ferrari V12, with 3.0-litre or 4.0-litre engine. This is one of the contributing factors to the historic victory of Ford against Ferrari.

1966 ford gt40 mk ii black front angle

The Ford GT40 Mk II provided Ford with the first victory against Ferarri in 1966 Le Mans.

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How Ford defeated Ferrari?

In 1963, while Ferrari was the dominator in sports car racing but in need of some money, Ford was one of the biggest names in cars but in need of a racing victory. Ford desired for a victory at Le Mans, a French 24-hour race which started in 1923. This race shows the strength of both the vehicle and the racer behind the wheel.

Ford has made one of the most important decision, to buy Ferrari. At first, it looked like that this transaction was beneficial for both of the two companies, but then after Ferrari realized that the deal would not allow his company to become the winner of the race program, the deal was unsuccessful. Ford had no option but to develop an all-new car itself to defeat Ferrari’s Prancing Horse. It purchased a couple of Mk6 from British outfit Lola and inaugurated factories in America. In almost a year, a team was established, sketches were drawn and calculations were made. Finally, the first challenger of Ferrari’s Prancing Horse, the GT40, was born.

However, victory is not easy. After several failures with different car developers and car racers, Ford invested some more millions of dollars into the development of the Ford GT40, put it in thousands of test miles and numerous strict simulations. Finally, the vehicle has helped the American automaker gain the first-ever victory against that of Ferrari at 1966 Le Mans, followed by the three victories in the next three years. The historic victory, the amazing vehicle and the process in which the vehicle was manufactured will be all be depicted in the movie. Let’s wait for the release of the hot movie on November 14 and see if there is anything different between the true story and the movie.

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