Ford J Car Honeycomb
With the 1966 gt40 mk ii henry ford ii s quest to beat ferrari at le mans was complete.
Ford j car honeycomb. After the death of walt hansgen in a j car ford while testing at le mans in april the decision was made to shelve the j car and focus on the proven mk iis and little. The ford j car was intended to be the successor to the all conquering ford gt40 mk ii and despite reliability problems showed potential in the springtime le mans trials. For the october 1966 issue we took a deep dive into the car. Unlike the previous versions of the gt40 the j car was built in the usa by kar kraft.
The j car is built at kar kraft in dearborn. Because this new racer was designed to comply with appendix j of the fia s regulations it was known as the j car. The new j car had a bonded aluminum honeycomb structure and they think a 90 degree angle joint failed. 17 while testing one of the ford j car prototypes.
With the continuing success of the gt40 mki and mkii for the 1966 season ford sought to make a lighter and more aerodynamic version of the gt40. The result was the ford j car. This car took second place overall all three top finishers were ford gt40s in the 1966 24 hours of le mans the 1 car was driven by ken miles and denny hulme and together with the 2 car driven by bruce mclaren chris amon 1st overall and 5 car driven by bucknum hutcherson 3rd overall gave ford its first victory in a 24 hour race. The outfit sounds like a hot rod shop but it is in fact a supplier of tooling parts to ford.
When ford s advanced concepts depart ment was looking around for an outside shop where they could build their wild creations kar. Ford was going to build a car to beat ferrari in the world s most important race le mans a race ferrari had won five years in a row. It still retained the 427ci 7 0l big block from the mkii but the body and chassis were ditched for a breadvan design with a. Dec 12 2017 ken miles lost his life moments after this photo was taken he clipped a curb at the end of riverside raceways straight going into turn nine and they suspect a chassis failure caused him to lose control and crash.
Ken was killed at riverside raceway on aug. Ferrari is set to be bought by ford. This would be the final most advanced version of the gt40. The story in a nutshell.
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