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The Ultimate Endurance Machine: How the Ford GT40 Mk2 Conquered Le Mans

The Ford GT40 Mk II is a high-performance endurance racing car designed and built by the Ford Motor Company. It was built to compete with Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

A big-block 7.0 liter (427 cubic inch) V8 from the Ford Galaxie was used to power the GT40 Mk II. Depending on how it was modified, this engine could produce up to 485 horsepower. The Ford GT40's engine sizes range from 256 cubic inches (4195 cm3) to 288.5 cubic inches (4727 cm3).

In 5.3 seconds, the Ford GT40 Mk II could go from 0 to 60 mph. The Ford GT40 Mk II has a top speed of 210 mph.

A 4.7-liter, overhead-valve, 8-cylinder gasoline engine with two valves per cylinder powers the Ford GT40. It has a maximum torque of 476 Nm (351 lb-ft/48.5 kgm) at 5500 rpm and an output of 335 horsepower (340 PS/250 kW) at 6250 rpm for this application.

Eric Broadley of Lola Cars created the Ford GT40 Mk II. The vehicle was constructed with a lightweight aluminum monocoque chassis and was intended to be a race vehicle. The body was constructed from fiberglass and had an aerodynamic design.

The car's large nose and short tail contributed to its improved aerodynamics. Large rear spoiler on the vehicle also contributed to its stability at high speeds.

It developed from the "Ford GT" project, an attempt to fight against Ferrari in famous European 24-Hour of Le Mans sports car races from 1960 to 1965. Henry Ford II's mission to defeat Ferrari at Le Mans was successful with this vehicle.

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, the GT40 Mk II earned first, second, and third position, respectively.

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