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Ford's (Chevy's) goal was clear: win Le Mans at any cost. 1963 shelby COBRA

Ford's (Chevy's) goal was clear: win Le Mans at any cost. 1963 shelby COBRA



Ford Chevy  99 win le mans
Ford Chevy  99 win le mans



Ford's (Chevy's) goal was clear: win Le Mans at any cost.
  Shelby decided the best idea was to combine a proven chassis with a powerful and reliable American V-8, just like the Cad-Allard J2 he raced and the American “specials” he encountered afterward. Shelby knew the recipe; he just needed the two key ingredients — a subtle car and a strong engine.  
Ford Chevy  99 win le mans
Ford Chevy  99 win le mans



  While Shelby originally hoped to use Chevrolet’s small-block V-8, GM management thought otherwise. Similarly, one of Shelby’s early ideas for a chassis met a dead end when BMC showed little interest in selling Austin-Healey rolling chassis. Shelby’s contact at Ford, Dave Evans, assured him that their new lightweight 221-CID V-8 engine had been extensively tested and had room left for more displacement and power. But the real kicker was that Ford appears to be a willing partner. Perhaps it’s because Shelby told them he already had a world-class chassis lined up. Ford now has everything it takes to win LeMans 
  So spectacular was the Shelby Cobra that it very easily outlived its brief period on the world’s racing circuits. the Cobra generated a strong reaction wherever it goes.

Ford Chevy  99 win le mans engine
Ford Chevy  99 win le mans engine


engine------------Ford 90º V8
valvetrain--------Pushrod OHV, Valves per Cyl
displacement----4727 cc / 288.5 in³
power------------202.1 kw / 271 bhp 6000 rpm
specific output--57.33 bhp per litre
torque------------425.73 nm/314 ft lbs 3400 rpm
transmission-----4-Speed Manual
top speed-------~217.3 kph / 135 mph
0 – 60 mph-----~5.5 seconds