So much time was spent on trying to rectify gearbox troubles in the. We all know the story of ford shocking the world and beating ferrari at the 24 hours of le mans in 1966.
Ford motor company launched its effort to beat ferrari at le mans in 1964.
How much money did ford spend to beat ferrari. Then the money became available to build a second and a third. A former le mans winner himself in 1959 for aston martin shelby had seen how enzo ferrari pushed his drivers to the ragged limit. Since ford didn t know much about building race cars he sought to find someone who did.
Ferrari movie starring academy award winners matt damon and christian bale recounts a business deal gone wrong and the reaction of a stubborn egotistical automotive titan who was willing spend. How ford beat ferrari at the 1966 24 hours of le mans. In 1963 he did just that by entertaining a 16m deal with enzo ferrari to buy his company.
Indeed shelby disliked ferrari as much as the deuce did. A mega miffed ford decided to get back at ferrari by building an endurance racer that would beat. Why did henry ford ii care so much about beating ferrari at le mans.
And in april 1963 ford really did attempt to purchase the financially ailing ferrari over the course of several secret meetings including a tour for ford reps through one of the artisanal shops. To fight back ferrari s 330 p4 made its debut at daytona in. Well even if you don t you re about to learn courtesy of the new film ford v ferrari starring christian bale and matt damon.
After two disappointing years when fords failed even to finish the race 1966 brought a thrilling 1 2 3 sweep for the american automaker. But when you leave the movie theater you may just. When he got the news henry ford ii simply said how much do they want to sell the foundry an 8 million check was cut and the brake rotors were made in time.
Come 1966 and ford shocked ferrari by winning at daytona sebring and going 1 2 3 at le mans with the 7 0 liter gt40 mark iis. Henry ford ii toasted the decisive victory on the podium with winning drivers bruce mclaren and chris amon both from new zealand. Ferrari who was experiencing financial troubles at the time was considering the deal until he realized the contract would imply giving up the ferrari racing team.
But after ford had spent a bundle and talks were well advanced ferrari walked away from the deal.