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Ridiculous History: Ford GT40 Was Created Out of Spite to Beat Ferrari

The Ford GT40 was built just to spite Ferrari. And its triumph at Le Mans was just the start of a remarkable string of 1960s victories.

How the Porsche 917 Works

Even today, the Porsche 917 ranks among the most powerful racecars ever to compete. It also makes a pretty good case for itself to be the greatest racecar of all time; however, success was not immediate.

Jaguar C-Type

The Jaguar C-Type racecar twice won LeMans in the 1950s, and boosted Jaguar's credibility. This car featured a twin-cam 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produced 204 horsepower. See a profile pictures and specifications for the C-Type.

Jaguar D-Type

The Jaguar D-Type blended road-racing science with art. It clearly demonstrated Jaguar's mastery of its chosen subject with three straight victories at LeMans. See D-Type pictures and specifications.

Ferrari Sports Racing Cars

Ferrari sports racing cars were the competition machines that rocketed Ferrari to prominence as the world's premier maker of high-performance automobiles, and ignited the Ferrari legend. Here are pictures and profiles of Ferrari sports racing cars from 1947 to today.

Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos was designed to be a rally car -- it found success on and off the race course. With 190 horsepower in road-going trim, the Stratos could exceed 140 mph. Learn about the Lancia Stratos.

Ferrari 166 MM Racecar

The Ferrari 166 MM Racecar blurred the line between a track and a road car. It was the first Ferrari offered with equipment tailored for both road and track. Learn more about this seminal Ferrari and see photos of the 166 MM Racecar.

Ferrari 225 S

The Ferrari 225 S was an evolution of superior coachwork. It had a tubular chassis and underpinnings quite similar to those of the Ferrari 340 America. Learn more about the racecars that proved Ferrari's V-12 could win races.

Ferrari 340 Mexico

The Ferrari 340 Mexico was designed for the Carrera Panamerica race in Mexico. It featured the most extravagant coachwork to date for Ferrari. Learn more about this quintessential fifties Ferrari and see photos.

Ferrari 250 MM

The Ferrari 250 MM marked a golden age of speed and beauty for Ferrari. It was built for Italy's 1000-mile race, the Mille Miglia. Learn more about these racecars from 1953 and see photos of these Ferraris.

Ferrari 375 MM Racecar

The Ferrari 375 MM cemented Pinin Farina as the Ferrari coachbuilder of choice. Pinin Farina also made a series of Ferrari 375 MM spyders. Learn about Ferrari's first international race title and see photos.

Ferrari 500 Mondial

The Ferrari 500 Mondial gave Ferrari race titles in the 2-liter class. It was equipped with a four-cylinder engine for better low-end torque, allowing for more acceleration out of corners. Learn more about this popular Ferrari four-banger and see photos.

Ferrari 750 Monza

The Ferrari 750 Monza was a racetrack champion. The Monza takes its name from the racetrack near Milan. Learn more about this mid-fifties Ferrari and see photos.

Ferrari F1

Ferrari is a legendary name in Formula 1 racing. Discover how Ferrari's involvement began before this was known as F1. Learn about Ferrari's most fascinating F1 cars and follow the creation of a dynasty.

Ferrari 275 GTB/C

The Ferrari 275 GTB/C and Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione were based on a road-going model. Discover how an aluminum body and extra-light plexiglass windows contributed to a low-weight Ferrari with solid race performance.

Ferrari Dino 206 S

The Ferrari Dino 206 S refined the midengine formula. Learn how a few tweaks turned the underperforming Ferrari Dino 166 P into the curvaceous race-winning Ferrari Dino 206 S and 206 SP.

Ferrari 330 P4

The Ferrari 330 P4 ran neck-and-neck with its Ford and Porsche competitors. Learn about its exciting race history and how Ferrari made use of their Formula 1 technology to give it the power it needed.

Ferrari 350 Can Am

The Ferrari 350 Can Am represented Ferrari in the inaugural Canadian/American Challenge Cup. Learn about the Ferrari 350 Can Am's somewhat disappointing overseas career despite relaxed regulations on engine size and power.

Ferrari 212 E Montagna

The Ferrari 212 E Montagna was designed to scale European mountains. Discover which design elements came together to produce this unrivaled Ferrari marvel which won every single race it entered in 1969.

Ferrari 512 S

The Ferrari 512 S and its cousin the Ferrari 512 M stepped up to battle Porsche's 917 on the endurance race circuit. Discover the modifications that were necessary to make Ferrari a contender however briefly.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Racecar

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Racecar's short wheel-base (SWB) gives it its name and its impressive handling. Find out what other Ferrari engineering wonders went into the creation of this amazing machine.

Ferrari 196 SP

The Ferrari 196 SP marked the first time Enzo Ferrari approved a midengine design for one of his cars. Discover why the new engine placement and rear spoiler made the SP line into a ground-breaker.

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO was the swan song of the front engine racing Ferrari. Learn more about this beautiful machine from the powerful V-12 engine, to the classic Scaglietti body design.

Ferrari 330 LMB

The Ferrari 330 LMB synthesized design elements from previous successful models. Discover why Ferrari was compelled to focus on mid-engine design, instead, despite one last try with the classic front-engine formula.

Ferrari 250 P

The Ferrari 250 P was the first mid-engine design to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Discover more about this incredibly successful series of Ferrari cars and what made them winners.