American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
As Enzo Ferrari's fast Rosso-Corsa racing cars dominate the mid-1960s motorsport world, the American car designer, Carroll Shelby, is forced to retire after winning the demanding 1959 '24 Hours of Le Mans' endurance race. But, before long, an unexpected proposition by the Vice President of Henry Ford's motor company, Lee Iacocca, will offer an opportunity to beat the Italians at their own game. Now, under those pressing circumstances, the British sports car driver and racing engineer, Ken Miles, reluctantly agrees to lend a hand and improve the firm's image, as Ford's race team has less than ninety days to rewrite history. As a result, the non-conformist duo comes up with the mighty Ford GT40 Mk I high-performance racing car. Can Shelby and Miles break Ferrari's streak?Written by
One of two movies based on rivals' efforts to break Ferrari's dominance at Le Mans. the other being Le Mans (1971) ("I want Porsche to win Le Mans"), starring Steve McQueen. See more »
A Shelby GT 350 Mustang is shown (side view) in the airplane hangar in a Ford color called 'Dynasty Green' ('65) or Timberline Green ('66). Neither of which was offered on Shelby GT 350's. Only one green was offered by Shelby in 1966, it was a dark green, called "Ivy Green". See more »