This year’s most hyped Hollywood racing spectacle starts hitting local theaters tomorrow, November 13.
The big-screen adaptation of the A.J. Baime-penned book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, features Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the lead roles with James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) manning the directorial duties.
Ford v Ferrari details the epic story about Ferrari’s dominance at the Le Mans circuit and how Ford crept its way up the ladder to end the Italian supercar’s winning streak with a Ford GT40 designed by Carroll Shelby (of Mustang Shelby fame) and driven by racers Ken Miles from UK and Bruce McLaren from New Zealand during the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Damon plays Carroll Shelby in the film, while Bale plays the infamous British driver.
Beyond providing archival material for research and accuracy, Ford did not have a hand in the making of the film.
However, the excitement over the film compelled Ford to open its GT40 Le Mans vault and allow the Blue Oval’s executives and staffers to revisit vintage artifacts from that period, including a video vault maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and the only known copy of the original plans for the GT project.
Here’s the film’s official trailer to make you salivate. You may go book your tickets later.