1965 Lotus-Ford Race Car

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1965 Lotus-Ford Race Car

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Title:  

1965 Lotus-Ford Race Car
Date:
31-May-65

Collection:

Creator:
Chapman, Colin, 1928-1982 | Ford Motor Company | Group Lotus PLC
Publisher/Studio:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Content Description: 

This is one of the seminal cars in American racing history. In 1965 Scotsman Jimmy Clark drove this car to victory in the Indianapolis 500. A few years earlier legendary road-racer Dan Gurney concluded that the proper application of European formula-one technology could capture the Indianapolis 500. He brought Ford Motor Company together with Colin Chapman, English builder of Lotus sports and racing cars. The combination resulted in a lightweight Lotus chassis powered by a specially designed Ford V8 engine. With its monocoque chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, and rear-mounted engine, the Lotus-Ford effectively killed the traditional Indy roadster and established a new paradigm for American race cars. Engine: Ford V8, double overhead cam, 256 cu. in., 495 hp

Physical Description: 

Racing car

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd.,Michigan,Dearborn,48124
Identifier:
77.21.1

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