The Ford P68 sports car is famous not because it enjoyed great success – indeed rather the opposite – but because it was a beautiful car built to satisfy the 1968 racing regulations and was also powered by Ford’s legendary Cosworth DFV engine.
When at the end of 1967 the FIA changed its regulations for the sports car World Championship, Ford was left without a major title contender. Their successful seven-litre FordGTs were no longer permitted to compete inthe championship which now became exclusively for three-litre sports prototype cars. Although the DFV had been designed primarily for Grand Prix racing, the person in charge ofFord‘s European racing activities, Alan Mann, asked Ford‘ s management whether they would let him use this engine to power a newsports car aimed at winning the World Championship. Ford agreed and the much-respected designer, Len Bailey, created an ambitious and indisputably attractive race car.
However, from its first appearance in the Spring of 1968, the car encountered manytechnical set-backs including the fact that what was easy on the eye was not necessarily aerodynamically competitive with cars like the Porsche 907/908 and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33.Thus, the P68 was, in its short career, never destined to fulfil the high expectations created by Alan Mann and Ford management.
One of the surviving P68s is now in the N-Anadol Collection in Switzerland and takes part in historic racing all over Europe. As it is in the same collection as the Ford GT 101 on which Ed Heuvink produced a previous book, the owner commissioned the writer to compose a biography of the Alan Mann car. Together with McKlein Publishing a 158 page book has been produced in line with the Ford GT 101 book.
The foreword is written by Richard Attwood,who drove the car during its short career in the late sixties as well as in several historic events some decades late and Henry Mann, the son of Alan Mann.
Ref. produit : KLEIN027
Code ISBN : 9783927458970