The historic precursor
For the 1968 season of the sportscar world championships, Alan Mann Racing of Great Britan built three prototype race cars with the designation Ford P68 F3L. The cars were funded by Ford Europe, Castrol and Goodyear and - according to magazine articles - were designed and built within the remarkably short time of six months. The car’s designation is an acronym for "Prototype 1968, Ford 3 Liter". The P68s were built with the intention of continuing the triumphant history of the legendary Ford GT40s, which dominated the sportscar world championships since 1966.
Despite promising training-results, the P68s ended an unsuccessful racing season, mostly due to technical faults. One P68 was destroyed in a fatal accident at the Nürburgring ADAC 1000km, its driver Chris Irvin incurred severe injury.
For the 1969 season, Alan Mann Racing intended to replace the P68 with the P69, the latter being a radical new design with elevated wings in front and at the rear. Only one P69 was ready at the beginning of the 1969 racing season. After qualifying with the P69, Jack Brabham refused to drive it in the race.
One P68 participated in two races in 1969, but again with no success.
As a consequence of the disappointing results in 1968 and the beginning of the 1969 season, the sponsors lost interest in the ambitious project.