FORD GT40 n.9

HISTORY

The Ford GT40 n.9 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1968. With the change of rules the American manufacturer had to set aside the winning GT40 MK II of 1966 and the GT40 MK IV of 1967, while Enzo Ferrari did not participate in protest to the race with his official cars. The new rules forced Team John Wyer Automotive Engineering to bring the 4.9-liter MK I version with the Gulf sponsor to the race, but foregoing his Ickx driver injured at the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.
The race was initially scheduled as usual in mid-June but due to the strikes in France was postponed to September.

Rodriguez and Bianchi won the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours with the Ford GT40 n.9 with a five-lap gap on the Porsche 907L n.66 of Steinemann and Spoerry brought in the race by the Swiss private team Squadra Tartaruga, while in third place Porsche 908 n.33 of Stommelen and Neerpasch of the official team. For the English team it was the first of his three victories at Le Mans.

CHASSIS

Ford GT40 MKI
Steel semi-monocoque with front and rear subframes
Length: 4178 mm
Width: 1905 mm
Height: 1029 mm
Brakes: Ventilated steel discs
Tyres: Firestone

ENGINE

Ford 4942 cc 90° V8
Power: 317 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: ZF 5DS-25 five speed Manual
Differential: Rear differential lock
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1968 with drivers Pedro Rodriguez, Lucien Bianchi

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