Ford showed the first GT40 sketches

Ford showed the first GT40 sketches

June 12, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The first appearance of the sports model of the American brand appeared on the Web.

Ford’s performance division published early sketches of the original GT40 racing car, drawn 57 years ago. The design led the car to beat Ferrari in Le Mans, taking first place in the 24-hour endurance race four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969.

Sketches were found by archivists looking through negatives. Three of them depict the early GT40 exterior design concept; the fourth is the GT40 frame elements and suspension components.

Exterior sketches show the strong influence of futuristic road cars of the 1960s. A smooth body can even be called Italian. The front view highlights the cult form of exotic sports cars with mid-engined 1960s and 1970s engines.

In profile, the sketch almost resembles the fuselage of a fighter, with an obvious bias towards modern theories of aerodynamics. The nose looks almost like the front edge of an airplane wing, and this shape repeats on the line of the rear wing.

Perhaps the most exciting sketch is a sectional view that shows the GT40 front and rear suspension, engine, battery and even a spare tire. The last two are pictured in front of the GT40, far from the drivetrain for better balance.