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Ford GT40 :: Le Mans Legends Series

The first in my "Le Mans Legends" series, this piece is a digital painting that is then printed on canvas (not a photograph). The GT40

Was the first and only American made car to win the Le Mans.

The series will contain every winner of Le Mans from 1923 to present day. Stay tuned for more to come.

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Wikipedia
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The Ford GT40 was a high performance sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969 (1966

being the Mk II, 1967 the Mk IV, and 1968-1969 the oldest chassis design, the Mk I). It is so far the only racecar built in America

(Mk IV only) to win overall at Le Mans (1967 Mk IV).

It was built to win long-distance sports car races against Ferrari (who won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965). Chassis

# P-1075, which won in 1968 and 1969, is the first car in Le Mans history to win the race more than once with the same chassis, and

only one of two cars to have won with the same chassis.) using a Ford engine originally 4.7- liter, enlarged to 4.9-liter (also known

as a 5.0) with special alloy Gurney-Weslake cylinder head.

The car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the

windshield) as required by the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.2 liter, 4.7 liter and 7 liter) were used, compared with

the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 liter or 4.0 liter.

Early cars were simply named "Ford GT". The name "GT40" was the name of Ford's project to prepare the cars for the international

endurance racing circuit, and the quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first 12 "prototype" vehicles carried serial numbers GT-

101 through GT-112. The "production" began and the subsequent cars, the MkI, MkII, and MkIIIs,( with the exception of the MkIV, which

were numbered J1-J10)were numbered GT40P/1000 through GT40P/1145, were officially "GT40s". The name of Ford's project, and the serial

numbers dispel the story that "GT40" was "only a nickname."



Programs
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Corel Painter X
Adobe Photoshop CS5

AJ Brockman
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grandprixracerdotcom Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Excellent work! I love the composition, you get a great sense of the car in motion! And what a car it is! :)
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SingleHandedStudio Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! This is one of my favorites for sure.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011   Photographer
Not a photo? Excellent! I'm looking forward to the Porsche 917!
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SingleHandedStudio Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no... not a photo... 100% Digital painting... 917 is coming soon!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   Photographer
Brilliantly done!
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Oh, that is nice! I have a 2006 Ford GT, in Tungsten rather than the GT40 colors, and I often wonder how the modern neo-retro copy compares to the original. To be needlessly picky, some of the small details here are from the modern GT not found on the original GT40.
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SingleHandedStudio Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lucky you! I love the original retro color scheme but you can't go wrong with Tungsten. that is true... my references were from a newer model... it was much easier to achieve the detail and nuances from the newer model imagery rather than the original photographs. I am however a purist when it comes to this sort of thing so I will keep that in mind for my future pieces. I am glad you dig it! Thanks for the comment!
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I was very hesitant to bring up the point about the differences because I do consider it pointless, and I never wanted it to be taken as criticism of your work.

My GT ‘Jennumara’ and my BMW Z8 ‘Electra’ are both collectibles and I hardly ever drive them. In fact, I doubt that I’ve put 100 miles on Jennumara in the year and a half that I’ve had her. Which is just as well. She’s actually a hard car to drive, as a true supercar should be, and I have too much arthritis in my neck and shoulders
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SingleHandedStudio Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no problem... I appreciate criticism or different points of view... it makes you a better artist whether you choose to listen or not.
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ownerfate Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. very nice
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SingleHandedStudio Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU!
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ownerfate Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mo problem, keep it up.
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