Monday, May 3, 2010

Weight Loss Program

This is what you get when you take one of Ford's all conquering GT40's, slice a little off the top and put it on a strict diet of aluminum. Lightening a proven race winner would seem to make perfect sense, unfortunately the GT40 X1 didn't quite live up to expectations. Despite tipping the scales a full 1000 lbs less than its steel siblings, thanks in part to an experimental aluminum chassis from Abbey Panels in Britain, the X1 failed to make its presence felt during the 1965 season. It took a transplant of good old NASCAR brewed horsepower for this test mule to finally get up and run. In its last race at Sebring in 1966, Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby took the checkered flag for Ford ahead of a strong field of Ferraris, Porsches and Chaparrals.

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