Motorsport History

Ford aren’t just makers of practical cars like the second hand Ford Grand C-Max. Ford is very much rich in history when it comes to motorsports, it has played pivotal roles in a number of different forms of racing and caries a lot of weight on its shoulders when it comes to representing America, as it is one of the only manufactures to achieve victory on an international scale.

Ford have been part of the Sports Car racing scene since 1964, and they were by no means slow starters winning the World Sportscar Championship three times on the trot in 66, 67 and 1968. Another outstanding achievement occurred in France at 24 Hours of Le Mans when Ford won the event with the Ford GT40 four times in a row from 1966. To this day the Ford GT40 is still the only ever all-American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans event. Two years later the GT40 helped Ford win the 1968 International Championship for Makes.

Five years later Ford turned their attention to rally racing, in conjunction to the start of the World Rally Championship winning the 1979 manufacturers’ title using the Ford Escort RS1800 model.

A decade later Ford was back being successful in Trans –Am racing taking the championship in 1989 as well as picking up championships in 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997 adding to the list again in 1999. Since then Ford have used the Ford Focus for the WRC and it has brought them much success over the years.

Ford has also played a big role in Formula one racing by supplying numbers of teams with engines which lead to 176 Grand Prix wins between 1967 and 2003.