1964 — 1965 Ford GT Prototype — Images, Specifications and Information

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By the early 1960s the Ford Company decided to adopt a youthful image. They one of the best ways to do so was to go out and win races in and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in particular. Due to the agreement between the three big companies to stay out of racing, desperately lacked the experience or to take on the specialized, European Fortunately, the third ingredient money, was available in abundance.


In an to get into racing quickly and Ford tried to buy the entire operation. When the negotiations sour, Henry Ford II and his men did not up, but instead decided to learn the a lesson with a completely new racer.

Ford already gave support to Carroll Shelby for his racing cars, but in the end having to the the credits with Shelby and AC was not to the company’s liking. In 1963 the was made to build a prototype racer that, unlike the was built to score overall They were realistic to realise that outside was needed and after closely at companies like Lotus and Ford eventually teamed up Lola.

This Eric Broadley run had just completed a Ford-powered, sports racer that form the ideal basis for the new A new company called Ford Vehicles (FAV) was founded, would be responsible for the engineering and of the cars. The chassis and body were made by specialists Panels.

Broadley was responsible for the design, fellow Englishman Len took care of the chassis and John Wyer was hired as manager.

Bailey’s chassis closely followed that of the Mk VI GT with the initially used replaced by steel for additional Broadley was not very happy the added weight, but Ford it was necessary to cope with the and powerful engines proposed for the new The all aluminium, dry-sump Ford engine was also carried from the Lola. In good tradition, this V8 featured a camshaft with push-rod overhead valves.

It was intended to be used as a stop-gap a four-cam version would available. In later years one of Indy-racing derived engines was fitted, but the racing and production all featured OHV engines. The Fairlane displaced just under 4.2 and produced a decent 350 bhp. It was to a Colotti four speed

For the design of the all-round independent highly advanced computers used. The neatly packaged car was clothed in a fibreglass body. For access, the doors were cut into the roof.

The first two GTs were completed in time to part in the Le Mans test day in of 1964. It was a disastrous day as the first car was on the Mulsanne Straight and the other The bodywork generated considerable at high speeds to the extent the car would try to go airborne. Severe was another problem discovered in the

Back in the UK the nose of the car was considerably to improve the high speed and cooling characteristics. These helped, but the new cars still very fragile and in 1964 not one car to reach the finish. Many of the were attributed to the Colotti which was eventually replaced by a ZF speed gearbox.

There was a shortage of Fairlane engines, led to the implementation of the larger cast-iron used by Shelby in his Cobras. It considerably more power and despite being only heavier. Eventually the Fairlane was discarded altogether in favour of the V8.

Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype
Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype
Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype
Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype

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