The Ford/Zakspeed connection in Europe became the Ford/Zakspeed/Roush connection in the United States. Engine builder/drag racer Jack Roush was Ford’s choice to build the American cars in collaboration with Zakspeed. Building on the successful design of the European chassis, the newly minted 1981 racing Mustangs were a major departure in every way from the cars they replaced. German driver Klaus Ludwig began the 1981 season by raising eyebrows when he nearly won the race at Road Atlanta, then out-qualifying Brian Redmans’s mid-engined Lola T-600 at Lime Rock. The racing world knew: Ford was back and Ford was serious about winning races. This car, one of two original 1981 examples in this collection, is the only car that still exists in its original Ford paint scheme.
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