Le Mans 1966, the year that signaled the end of Ferrari’s six-year-long winning streak at the grueling 24-hour endurance race. The historic win by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in a Ford GT40 MkII has been well documented as have the next three outright wins by the dominant GT40… but what if things had turned out a little differently? What if the Jaguar XJ13 prototype which had been developed in 1966 was not denied its opportunity for the title due to internal politics and a change in the regulations?
History is filled with moments like these, and in most cases it’s a case of sour grapes. But Jaguar was not a new entrant with an unproven car, it had triumphed five times before (up until that point) at the Le Mans 24 Hour—the final three were back-to-back wins between 1956-1958 with famous Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse and driver Ron Flockhart responsible for the last two with a Jaguar D-Type.