In 2019, Le Mans 66 – Against Every Chance started in the cinema and opened an exciting chapter in the history of racing on. The plot takes us back to the 1960s and introduces us to two important personalities: the American engineer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the British racing driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale).
Together they should achieve the impossible: they are working on one for the Ford Motor Company fast, light and stable racing car, which easily outperforms the competition, above all Ferrari from Italy. The fundamental conflict between the two engine houses gives the film its original title: Ford v Ferrari.
Le Mans 66 – Against every Chance tells of the legendary competition between Ford and Ferrari
The Ford GT40 should be the first car to cross the finish line Le Mans 1966 board. That is the goal. But the way there turns out to be more difficult. Private and professional challenges make life difficult for Shelby and Miles. Director James Mangold packs the story into a gripping racing blockbuster.
You can watch the Le Mans 66 trailer here:
Le Mans 66 – Trailer 2 (German) HD
Although some details have been adjusted for dramaturgical reasons, large parts of the plot of Le Mans 66 – Against Every Chance go back to true events. The basis is the non-fiction book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by AJ Baime in 2010.
Three years before the 24-hour race of Le Mans 66, Ford initiated work on a new sports car, at that time still involved Bruce McLaren as lead engineer. Since the first tests at Le Mans 64 failed, Shelby took over the development of the Ford GT40 and got Miles on board.
Before the two could celebrate the resounding success that the film tells about, they had to accept several defeats. The biggest defeat: At Le Mans 65 all six prototypes remained on the track and the preparations started all over again. The Ford GT40 only made history at Le Man 66.
When is Le Mans 66 – Against every Chance on TV?
Le Mans 66 – Against every Chance runs today, May 24th. 2023, at 8:15 p.m. on ZDF. The broadcast continues until 10:35 p.m. There is no repetition. Alternatively, you can watch the film with a Disney+ streaming subscription.