For race car enthusiasts, this June marks a special milestone in American automobile history: It's the 45th anniversary of the first time an American car manufacturer won the classic 24 hours of Le Mans in France, the most prestigious auto race in the world. The manufacturer was Ford, and the car was the Ford GT40.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Michael Mann is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop and potentially direct 'Go Like Hell,' the story behind the development of the car and the racing team that led Ford to beat Ferrari -- the perennial Le Mans champ -- sweeping the top three positions in 1966.

The project is based on Playboy editor A.J. Baime's book, 'Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans,' that recounts the story of how Henry Ford II, with the aid of racer Carroll Shelby and executive Lee Iacocca (famous for green-lighting the Mustang and shepherding Chrysler in the 1980s, saving it from bankruptcy) poured millions of dollars into a racing program to create a new image for the company to expand its market around the world.

If this comes to fruition, Mann will join a rarefied group of directors who have successfully tackled racing movies: Tony Scott ('Days of Thunder'), Lamont Johnson ('The Last American Hero'), Jonathan Kaplan ('Heart Like a Wheel') and the great John Frankenheimer (who directed the greatest race car film of them all, 'Grand Prix,' which arrived this week on Blu-ray).

Gentlemen, start your engines (we hope).
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