Ferrari Exhibits Its Side Of The 'Ford Vs Ferrari' Le Mans Drama

A new Le Mans exhibit at the Museo Ferrari Maranello spotlights the Prancing Horse's illustrious history in the world's most famous sports car race.
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    Ferrari has so much glorious history that the company needs two museums to show it all. There's the Museo Enzo Ferrari, which is in Modena, founder Enzo Ferrari's hometown. And there's the Museo Ferrari Maranello, located in the nearby town where the company is headquarted. This museum is now showing 'Ferrari at 24 Heures du Mans,' an exhibit showcasing the unparalleled success of the red cars in the French racing classic.

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    Ferrari scored its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 166 MM Barchetta Touring like this one.

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    This was Luigi Chinetti's view from the driver's seat of the 166 MM Barchetta Touring for a stunning 23 hours and 30 minutes during Ferrari's victory in the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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    This is the 275 P in which Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 with an astonishing average speed of 121.55  mph, ahead of two Ferrari 330 Ps, which were expected to be faster.

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    The team celebrated at the pit wall as Ferrari triumphed in the 2019 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the GTE class with a 488 GTE.

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    Museum visitors can try to replicate Ferrari's 2019 Le Man win, driving the 488 GTE on a simulator.

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    Ferrari's latest endurance racing champion enjoys the spotlight among a display of its Formula 1 cousins.

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    Ferrari calculates that 86,400 seconds elapsed between its first Le Mans victory and it latest.

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    The winner's trophy in the foreground is an excellent accessory for the 488 GTE race car.

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    The banner outside reminds museum visitors of the special Le Man exhibit waiting inside.

The popularity of the film Ford v Ferrari , which documented the 1960s battles between the two marques for Le Mans supremacy, may spark interest in seeing some of the cars Ferrari has used to amass nine overall victories and an amazing 27 class wins over a span of 70 years.

The inaugural victory came in Ferrari's first try in 1949, with the 166 MM Barchetta Touring piloted by Lord Selsdon and Luigi Chinetti. At the time, there were no requirements for how long each driver must be behind the wheel, so Chinetti drove for a stunning 23 hours, 30 minutes, leaving Selsdon to bring the car home to victory over the last half-hour.

The film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture showing Ford's perspective on the brief rivalry between the companies, but this musuem exhibit illustrates the totality of Ferrari's success at Le Mans and underscores the reason why Ford attempted to buy the company at that time.

Dan Carney is a Design News senior editor, covering automotive technology, engineering and design, especially emerging electric vehicle and autonomous technologies.

 

 

 

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