Ford GT40 n.6 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1969 with drivers Ickx and Oliver

FORD GT40 n.6

HISTORY

The Ford GT40 n.6 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1969. The American car began to be in difficulty with the new prototypes, the regulation limited the development and the Team John Wyer Automotive Engineering showed up with the same Ford GT40 winning the year before.

Ickx and Oliver won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1969 with the Ford GT40 n.6 with a gap of four seconds on the Porsche 908 n.64 of Hermann and Larousse brought in the race by the Porsche team. The duel was very exciting and in the last hour the two cars surpassed themselves continuously, the highest speed of the German prototype was offset by the higher stability in the corners of American sport.

The race was remembered by the protest of Ickx against the type of departure, which included the race of the pilots on the opposite side where the cars were stopped and many drivers to anticipate the start did not fasten the belts, the Belgian rider did not run and calmly fastened the seat belts. Precisely because of the non-use of the belts at the start the British pilot John Wolfee died on the first lap.

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 1969 with drivers Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver

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