Take one GT40 replica, add the new GT powertrain, use bigger turbos and - voila - a Future GT Forty...
Superformance will be familiar to a few PHers, its array of Cobra, GT40 and Corvette continuation cars sorely tempting to those of us who lust after an original 60s racer but lack the wherewithal. As modern sports cars become ever easier to master, so the combination of huge V8, rear-drive and a manual gearbox (as well as gorgeous design) becomes ever more appealing.
Now Superformance is trying something a little different, with this - the Future GT Forty. Looks like one of its GT40s, doesn't it? That's because it is, with two thirds of the parts still interchangeable with a Ford original. Only difference now is the V8 has been swapped for the current GT's twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 (hence the stickers), with a pair of new Garrett turbos for good measure. Superformance is aiming for somewhere in the region of 720hp and 650lb ft; with a kerbweight of less than 1,100kg, the Future GT Forty should be even quicker than Ford Performance's latest - even with the five-speed manual it uses.
Additional tweaks for this car, recently revealed at SEMA, include a Magnaflow exhaust, HRE wheels with Michelin Cup 2 tyres and some carbon trinkets to improve the aerodynamics. Buyers won't be forced to have a Le Mans livery, however.
Superformance has said it will make as many Future cars as demand dictates, which you'll suspect will be pretty high given the way this car looks and the way it must go. Add to that a price of $180,000 and it looks all the more alluring. For some, of course, a GT40 must always have a V8 - see here if that's the case - but for others this Future GT Forty looks like a fascinating amalgam of old and new Stateside supercar. Form an orderly queue...
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