Superformance 'Future GT Forty' is a fusion of old and new
This SEMA show car combines the classic looks for the original Ford GT with the modern car's 3.5-litre V6 engine. The best of both worlds?
Superformance are no strangers to the Ford GT40 as they have built a fair few replicas of the iconic racing car. However, its latest creation combines past and present by introducing the turbocharged V6 of the latest GT super to a body reminiscent of its Le Mans winning grandfather. They call it the Future GT Forty.
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To be introduced at the 2018 SEMA show on 30th October, the Future GT Forty takes the modern Ford GT’s 3.5-litre engine and turns it up to 11 with a pair of Garrett turbos, brand-new fuel system from Aeromotive, and a Magnaflow exhaust. Superformance hasn’t announced any performance figures as of yet, but you can rest assured that it will surpass the EcoBoost V6’s standard 647bhp. Power is sent to the Michelin shod rear wheels via an old-school five-speed manual gearbox.
The tuned engine is plumbed into an exact recreation of the original monocoque from the MK1 Ford GT40. Typically the classic bodywork has a real ‘60s elegance to it, but the fusion of old and new continues with new aerodynamic appendages. A carbon fibre splitter, dive planes, and large rear wing have been added to create the required downforce. The cherry on top is an adaptation of the modern Ford GT’s 2018 Le Mans winning livery pasted over this classic shape.
Fun fact: The original Ford GT40 got its name from being just 40-inches tall, all subsequent models have been larger and so couldn’t be called GT40. The 2004 car, built to celebrate 100 years of Ford, would have needed to be dubbed GT43 by this logic — we’re glad it just went with Ford GT.
More details on the Superformance Future GT Forty will be revealed closer to the SEMA show.
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