Ford Performance

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This article is about the racing division. For the video game series, see Ford Racing (series).
Ford Performance
Industry Automotive
Motorsport
Predecessor Ford Racing, Ford Team RS, Special Vehicle Team
Founded Grosse Pointe, Michigan, US (October 10, 1901 (1901-10-10))
Founder Henry Ford
Headquarters Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Products Performance car
Supercar
Performance parts
Racing parts
Parent Ford Motor Company
Website Ford Performance

Ford Performance (formerly Ford Racing) is the high performance division of Ford Motor Company and the multinational name used for its motorsport and racing activity.

History[edit]

  • 1896 – Henry Ford reached a top speed of 20 mph in his first car, Quadricycle.
  • 1901 – Henry Ford defeated Alexander Winton (the most accomplished automobile builder/racer of the era) in a 10-lap race on a one-mile oval at the Detroit Driving Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He overcame his rival's more powerful car in Sweepstakes, a racing car of his own design.[1]
  • 1902 – Ford 999 (named after a famous New York Central train), driven by Barney Oldfield, Master Driver of the World and America's Legendary Speed King, defeated Alex Winton at Grosse Point in the 999 as a result of the publicity and financial backing of Alex J. Malcomson the Ford Motor Company was launched
  • 1903 – Ford 999, driven by Oldfield, lapped the Indiana Fairgrounds dirt track at a then-record 60 mph?
  • 1904 – Henry Ford, driving his rebuilt 999, sets the world one mile record on a frozen lake near Detroit.
  • 1904 – Frank Kulick drove a Ford 20 hp racer to the one and five mile world track record for middleweight racers.
  • 1907 – Kulick set the world 24-hour track endurance record, traveling 1135 miles driving a Ford six cyl Model K.
  • 1909 – A Ford Model T won the transcontinental New York to Seattle cross-country race (about 3600 km).
  • 1932 – Ford introduced its V-8 Flathead engine, bringing V-8 power into mass production with the slogan "Everyman’s power for the road, and Everyman’s power for racing".
  • 1932 – Two car mechanics win the Swedish Winter Grand Prix driving a Ford special.[2]
  • 1936 – Ionel Zamfirescu and P. G. Cristea won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Ford V8 "Flathead".[3][4]
  • 1949 – Jim Roper, driving a Lincoln, won the first NASCAR race.[5]
  • 1967 – Jim Clark, driving a Lotus-Ford, won the Dutch Grand Prix. This is Ford's first grand prix victory.
  • 2003 – Giancarlo Fisichella, driving a Jordan-Ford, won the Brazilian Grand Prix. This is Ford's 176th and last Grand Prix victory.
  • 2011 – Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500 in a 1–2–3 finish for Ford. It was Ford's 600th NASCAR victory.
  • 2012 – Michael Shank Racing wins the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Ford engined Riley chassis (Allmendinger/Negri/Pew/Wilson), Starworks Motorsport finishes 2nd in Grand-Am Daytona Prototype driver standings (Ryan Dalziel), and wins the 1st North American Endurance Championship, also with Ford power.
  • 2013 – Greg Biffle wins the Quicken Loans 400, Ford's 1000th NASCAR win.
  • 2014 – Debut of the Ford EcoBoost twin turbo engine for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates win the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring using the engine.
  • 2015 – Ford Racing, alongside Ford Team RS and Special Vehicle Team, merged into a global entity named Ford Performance, as they also will make 12 performance cars by 2020. Wins Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona overall with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Kanaan/ McMurray/ Larson / Dixon) using Ford Ecoboost Riley DP.
  • 2016 – Ford entered four Ford GT cars in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro class, finished 1-3-4-10.

Wins[edit]

Series Race
Wins
Manufacturers
Titles
Drivers
Titles
Formula One 176 10 13
NASCAR 16 7
World Rally 3 2
V8 Supercar 330 5 24

Ford Performance teams[edit]

Brad Keselowski's Penske Racing car
Jari-Matti Latvala's BP-Ford World Rally Team car
Tanner Foust's Rockstar-Etnies rallycross Ford Fiesta (AWD Division)
A Ford GT1 entered by Marc VDS in the FIA GT1 World Championship

NASCAR[edit]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

World Rally Championship[edit]

FIA World Rallycross Championship[edit]

Global Rallycross[edit]

United Sportscar Championship[edit]

V8 Supercar[edit]

World GT1 and GTs[edit]

Touring Car[edit]

Formula Drift[edit]

Cups[edit]

Past teams[edit]

Matech GT Racing, SunTrust Racing, Abu Dhabi Ford World Rally Team, Munchi's Ford World Rally Team

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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