The perfect blend between the classic GT40 and the modern GT

Here’s the latest Superformance classic-looking Ford GT40. The American masters of continuation GT40s unveiled at the SEMA Show the Future GT Forty prototype which draws its inspiration from both the original 1960s GT40 Mk. and the modern, Le Mans-winning, V-6 Ecoboost-poweredFord GT GTLM race cars.

The South-African Superformance company has been building painstakingly accurate GT40 recreations for over a decade and a half. Their cars are officially licensed to use the GT40 name and even eligible for the GT40 register, which means the Blue Oval fully approves of these beasts.

This latest model, presented after an 18-months-long buildup in the MagnaFlow booth at the SEMA Show, features the same livery as the 2017 GTE-Pro Le Mans-winning Ford GT built by Multimatic and a host of aerodynamic and mechanical upgrades that increase the GT40s prowess around any race track.

Keep reading to learn more about the Superformance Future GT Forty

What makes Superformance Future GT Forty special

"The idea for this car came to me while watching the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans - fast forward a year and a half later and we’re debuting it at the SEMA Show", said the Future GT Forty’s owner, Marissa Campbell. According to a statement released by Superformance, "The launch of this vehicle celebrates the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s first-place victory at the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and pays tribute to the modern Ford GT and its current success in the GT class".

1968 was actually the first time a GT40 Mk. I won Le Mans as the victory went the way of a works-backed Mk. II in 1966 and a Mk. IV in 1967 respectively.

The Mk. I of old, chassis #1075, was driven to victory lane in September of 1968 by Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico and Belgian Lucien Bianchi. The car was prepared by John Wyer’s team in England and featured Weslake cylinder heads. It went on to win the Sebring 12 Hours race in 1969 and, subsequently, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race again, an incredibly rare feat in the storied history of the 24-hour race.

2018 Superformance Future GT Forty Exterior
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The Superformance GT40 retains the aesthetics of the original GT40 as it looked in Mk. I specification in the late '60s but this Future GT Forty adds a bit more.

Up front, you’ll notice the widened fenders, upgraded headlights, and enlarged front air inlet. There are also two winglets on either side of the nose and a lip that helps direct the air around the car’s belly. Beyond that, the other major extra is the huge rear wing which completes the APR Performance-supplied aero package.

According to that same statement, "Superformance turned to the experts at V’s Performance in Orange, California to handle the engine build and installation." The car is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 Ecoboost engine, dead similar to that on the modern GT, which comes with a "handmade exhaust system fabricated by MagnaFlow." The twin turbochargers are of Garrett origin.

2018 Superformance Future GT Forty Exterior
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The Future GT Forty touches the ground via custom HRE pin drive wheels which are wrapped in Michelin tires. The car sits at the obligatory 40-inch height due to the Ridetech variable air suspension system.

The V-6 engine, which develops over 500 horsepower, is mated to a Quaife 5-speed transaxle wit ha Centerforce Dual Friction clutch.

Inside, you’ll find "Dynamat sound insulation, Stitchcraft, and Katzkin custom touches [in the cabin], DEI heat insulation, Speed Hut Custom gauges." How much all of these mods cost? Well, owners Marissa and Doug Campbell paid some $180,000 for the car.

You can see the car in flesh at the MagnaFlow booth #23543 until the 2018 edition of the SEMA Show ends on November 2nd. So, pack your bags and hurry to the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center!

Further reading

1964 - 1969 Ford GT40 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1964 - 1969 Ford GT40.

2017 Ford GT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford GT.

2016 Ford GT Le Mans High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ford GT Le Mans.

Michael Fira
Michael Fira
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Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio
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