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      04-21-2019, 08:38 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by dinonz View Post
I've been watching a show on the Shelby Daytona Coupe, which beat the Ferrari 250 GTO in the 60s, and then later, the Ford GT40 beat them too. That I know.

However - wasn't the 250 GTO a 3.0, and the Daytona Coupe a 4.7? And wasn't the GT40 a 6.0 or higher? On the surface it sounds like a bully beating up a smaller child, but at the same time - why was Ferrari running a 3.0 in a class that allowed much bigger engines?

Just wondered if someone could shed some light on this?
There's an old saying, "there's no replacement for displacement", having said that it's not all about power on a road course or track. Weight, breaking, suspension and handling can overcome a car with more power that doesn't perform as well going around corners, changing direction and slowing down. Watch the mini with the V8 Mustang at about the 6 min mark. The Mustang pulls away on the straight, but in the corners its no contest.
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