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Ford versus Ferrari The story of a monumental battle, as Ford and Ferrari vied for racing supremacy at Le Mans during the 1960s. Following the development of Fords GT40, Ken Miles involvement, and Ferraris No 1 driver, John Surtees, this fascinating book gives the full story of the fight between two giants of the automotive racing history. What happened when America's richest car company, producing many thousands of cars per year, went head to head with Ferrari of Italy in the mid 60s? This is the story of an immovable force coming up against the stubbornness of an unmovable object that is, Ford against Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari, whose company produced less than four hundred cars per year in 1963, wasnt going to bow to Ford after he had turned down its offer to buy his company. The only place left to duke it out was on the racetracks of the world and one in particular: Le Mans. Ford versus Ferrari at Le Mans was THE clash of TITANS in the 1960s This is the story of the events leading up to the battles at Le Mans between 1964 and 1967 Chronicles the evolution and development of the Ford GT40, alongside the rise of Ferrari in auto racing The story of Ken Miles, the Englishman who led the Ford team to victory Follows the career of John Surtees - Ferraris number one driver, and champion on both two wheels and four! Additional Information Period Covered: 1962-1969 Models Covered: Porsche, Lola, Ferrari, Sauber, Nissan, Corvette, Group C cars. There has never been a struggle to match the Ferrari versus Ford contest in motor racing history, both in terms of cost and effort. A clash of strong personalities: Enzo Ferrari up against Henry Ford II with all the American company's money. A detailed description of every race the cars entered. The story behind the film Ford v Ferrari Kar-Kraft: Race Cars Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford's Specialty Vehicle The story of Kar-Kraft began, as did many others in the automotive industry, with an axe to grind. In 1963, Ford was seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing arena. When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal late in the process. Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits, which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford wanted to become competitive quickly, but it did not have the race history or resources in house. To remedy the situation, Ford searched the U.K. for an independent company to help accelerate its race car development. It first settled on Lola Cars and set up Ford Advanced Vehicles. Later, Ford brought its LeMans effort to the U.S. and the Kar-Kraft relationship was established. Although Kar-Kraft was technically an independent company, it really only had one customer: Ford Special Vehicles. Kar-Kraft's story doesn't begin and end with the GT 40 that took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition. Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And fabled prototypes including the LID Boss 302 Maverick, and Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford's contracted race shop. And then, out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970. History tells us that Ford won Le Mans, the Daytona 500, and the Trans-Am championship. But it doesn't tell us how this was accomplished. Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first book ever published on Ford's all-encompassing special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.
Publisher: Midlife Classic Cars