The Ford GT40 Was America's Greatest Supercar And Its Successor Races TodayPatrick George1/30/16 1:10pmFiled to: Ford GTFord GT40Ford2016 Ford GTLe MansRolex 24 Hours Of Daytona6527EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf you love freedom, you really should tune into the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona today. Not only is is set to be a great race on its own—it always is—it’s also where we’ll see the rebirth of an American speed legend.AdvertisementFord shocked the world last year by unveiling the new twin-turbo V6 Ford GT, and not only will they put this modern supercar on sale this year, they’ll race it today. That’s a big deal. Now seems like an appropriate time to sum up why the new GT is such a big deal, and maybe re-tell the stories of how the original GT40 was designed to beat Ferrari at its own game—and did at Le Mans 50 years ago this year. AdvertisementHere are some of our favorite Ford GT stories. Feel free to share yours too. The Amazing History Of Ford’s Greatest SupercarIt’s been six years since Ford stopped making the GT, and forty four since they last won at Le Mans with a car so low most of us wouldn’t even fit in it. The original British-American GT40 racecar was good enough to kick Ferrari’s ass thanks to Carroll Shelby’s ideas, while the modern version was not only a brave answer to the question of an American supercar, but had also proven itself on the racetracks in GT1 and GT3 tunes. Carroll Shelby helped Ford with that as well.Here’s A $7 Million 1965 Ford GT40 Prototype Flat Out At Willow SpringsAfter all the excitement about the new Ford GT going racing as early as this year, how about going back in time by hopping into GT/108, the most original and rarest GT40 in existence for a lap around Willow Springs International?