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 Lotus-Ford wins the 1965 Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS - On May 30, 1965, Jimmy Clark in his Lotus 38 won the Indianapolis 500.

Clark led all but 10 laps of the race and was the first foreigner (Scotland) to win the classic since Dario Resta’s 1916 victory.

The Ford powered double overhead-cam V8 engine turned out approximately 495 HP. 

This allowed the Colin Chapman-designed Lotus to easily win the iconic race and set a new Indianapolis 500 record of 150.686 mph. 

It was the first rear-engine vehicle win at the race as well as the first time a Ford-engined car had triumphed.
In fact, Ford-powered cars took the first four places and eight of the top 11 spots in the race that day.

Click here for the Lotus-Ford vehicle specifications.

 

  

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