Between ’65 and ’66 the designers chopped 50 lbs. off the big 427 V-8’s weight by using aluminum heads and other innovations. They revised and reinforced the suspension and other critical components.
The GT40 Mk II that made the trip to the Continent for the rematch had an aluminum chassis, fiberglass doors, and hinged rear and front sections. With a top race speed of 205 mph and average speed of 125.4 mph, it rode away from the contest with a reputation as a Ferrari killer, easily dominating the Italian automaker’s P3.
The Mk III was no supercar. But it did offer those with deep pockets the chance to share in America’s glory at Le Mans, when we proved we could stand up to Europe’s best and walk away with the ultimate prize.