Superformance LLC has announced a new GT40 replica which will be made with a modified version of the Ford GT’s V6 engine.
For those not in the know, Superformance is yet another Irvine California-based boutique carmaker that specializes in luxury racing replicas. They already have a catalog filled with the Ford GT40, Daytona Coupe, and 1963 Corvette Grand Sport--all made to look like the original, but with modern technology hiding beneath their retro exteriors.
Their latest creation is another Ford GT40 replica, but this time it’s been given a sleeper engine: the very same 3.5-L EcoBoost V6 that’s found in the current Ford GT.
The GT40 is a legendary car for Ford. Their very first Le Mans racer, it debuted to a 1-2-3 finish in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race, defeating the dominant Ferrari team. It continued to win for the next three years and catapulted Ford onto the world stage of racing.
It’s not quite an exact replica, given that the bodywork shares a passing resemblance to the first generation of GTs, but we’ll forgive Superformance the slight departure given the impressive nature of their design. And to be fair, the steel chassis still shares 2/3rds of its components with the original GT40, which should be considered close enough.
Under the hood, the aforementioned 3.5-L EcoBoost has been given a pair of new Honeywell Garrett turbochargers, a new fuel system from Aeromotive, and an exhaust designed by Magnaflow. A Quaife five-speed manual transmission puts power to the wheels that ride on a Ridetech Shockwave air suspension system.
Superformance calls it the "Future GT Forty", and have given it a paint job meant to mimic the current livery worn by Ford’s racing team.
We haven’t been provided any specifications for the Future Forty, but you can bet it’ll have more power than the 647 horses that come with the stock Ford GT engine. We’re hoping for close to 700, which is way more than the original GT40’s 425 hp.
The Future GT Forty will be at the Magnaflow kiosk at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas at the end of October.