One of my favorite cars, the Shelby Daytona in a paddock environment. All work created by Alex Jamerson.
The Shelby Daytona GT class sports car was developed by Ford during a heated rivalry between Ford and Ferrari. Ford wanted to beat Ferrari at their own game – sports car racing.
The Shelby Daytona was developed based off of the Shelby Cobra. One of the obvious changes to the car is the body, being one of the first cars to forgo the tear drop design in favor of a Kamm tail, which increased its top speed compared to its sister car the Shelby Cobra. And an added spoiler created down-force to increase stability at high speeds.
The Shelby Daytona subsequently won the FIA World Sports Car Championship over Ferrari. Immediately following its debut win, Ford reassigned personnel from the Shelby Daytona project over to the GT40 project to compete against Ferrari in the Sports Car Prototype championship in Le Mans. With the lessons learned from the successful Shelby Daytona project, Ford went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans 4 times in a row with the Ford GT40, proving to Ferrari that they could compete in their arena.