Even for the layman, the very mention of the Le Mans summons images of beautiful cars and talented drivers, pushing themselves and their machines to the limit in pursuit of victory at the world’s most prestigious 24 hour race. For the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team however, Le Mans is much more than a race. In the words of executive chairman Bill Ford, “Fifty years ago, we witnessed one of the most legendary moments in motorsports history, as the duel between Ford and Ferrari took place on the track at Le Mans 1966”.
In 1969, Apollo 11 was on its way to an historic first landing on the moon, carrying with it the hopes and aspirations of an entire generation. A year earlier, ‘Science magazine’ observed that “the most valuable spin off [of the space programme] would be human rather than technological…” It proved true, project Apollo was a triumph in human endeavour, drive and ingenuity.
45 years on, and the Bloodhound SSC project team – which includes some of the world’s most revered engineers – are building a car designed to go faster than the speed of sound. Bloodhound has carried out a series of ground-breaking tests and research, including the firing of the largest rocket in Britain in the last 25 years. With the project rapidly gaining momentum, this has now become an iconic global engineering adventure, showcasing innovative technology and manufacturing.