Superformance has made quite the name for itself over the decades in building classic icons under license; from Cobra to Corvette, its luxury racing replicas are highly prized and beautifully done - see this 2018 Cobra, for example.
Now, Superformance is embarking on something very different; alongside Everrati, it will build an electric GT40. Which reads a little like non-contact wrestling, but it's going to happen. Using Everrati's expertise in custom electrification projects - it built the 964 driven recently on PH - and Superformance's GT40 nous the plan is for the strategic partnership to make an EV version of Ford's icon.
The car is only at prototype testing stage for now, built on a Superformance chassis, with Everrati's stated aim to ensure battery power doesn't spoil the weight distribution of the V8 model. It also believes that electrification will "maintain and enhance the character and soul of the original" - make of that what you will.
Of course, the ambition with the GT40 will be much as it is with Everrati's other projects, which have included a Series II Land Rover and Pagoda SL. It's all about future proofing the icons, you see, preserving them for a zero emissions future that seemingly looms larger with every passing week. Better, surely, to have a GT40 or a 911 out and about under electric power than in combustion quarantine, only allowed out on certain days (and probably with an expensive permit required). That's the plan, at least, and given both Jaguar and Aston Martin have embarked on similar endeavours it would seem there is customer appetite to underwrite it.
The GT40 is being developed at Everrati's base in Upper Heyford, with additional details to follow in the coming months. Superformance's CEO Lance Stander said he was "very excited" about the partnerships and Everrati's "compelling vision for the future", adding: "Electrification is the future in so many way ways and adds another option for those who love classic sports cars."
Everrati CEO Justin Lunny went even further: "Marrying these chassis with our advanced EV powertrains and precision engineering will enhance performance while keeping the essence and soul of the original. We aim to create the best electric driver's cars while, at the same time, future-proofing these true past masters." A laudable aim if ever there was one. Expect further details in the coming months.
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