Inspired by visitors’ requests, the directors of the Henry Ford Museum of American innovation have set up a 24,000 square-foot exhibition devoted to racing including stock cars, Indy cars, endurance racing, land speed records, drag racing and hill climb.
It is a sort of amusement park for motor enthusiasts who can satisfy all their tastes and desires and admire 22 racing cars that have crafted the history of motorsport including the Ford GT40 Mk IV with a 7-liter engine which in the expert hands of AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967, four laps ahead of the first of seven Ferraris in the race.
At the time, Brembo was still a small local company that had only been in business for six years. It was only in 1975 when it supplied a batch of cast iron discs to the Ferrari racing team for Formula 1 that Brembo became a leading name in performance braking to the rest of the world. Thanks to increasing investment in research and development Brembo continues to expand as demonstrated by the many teams who use Brembo brakes on tracks around the world.
The Chip Ganassi Racing team’s Ford GT with a V6 engine and carbon fiber bodywork is also on display. In 2016 (exactly half a century after the first Ford win in the French endurance classic race), it won the GTE Pro category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Sebastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller where Brembo braking systems helped it gain precious seconds and, of course, make the last stop in Victory Lane.