In a high-profile reveal, Superformance, the leading manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation sports cars, debuted a one-of-a-kind GT40 MKI today in the MagnaFlow booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. Both history and modern technology came together in a very special tribute car.
Superformance, based in Irvine California, with manufacturing facilities in South Africa, has built and sold many of the MKI’s over the years. Inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 24 Hours of LeMans victory, the group developed the “Future GT Forty.” This purpose-built supercar pays tribute to the historic success of the Ford GT40, while incorporating the design, livery, and EcoBoost V6 power plant from the current crop of Ford GT.
The press conference was hosted by TV star Cristy Lee, MagnaFlow’s Rich Waitas, with remarks by Future GT Forty owners, Doug and Marissa Campbell. “The reaction to the ‘Future GT Forty’ has been mind-blowing,” Campbell said. “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.”
The “Future GT Forty” is powered by a 3.5L Ford EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine. A handmade and state of the art exhaust system was fabricated by the experts at MagnaFlow and the twin turbochargers were provided by Garrett Advancing Motion. HRE Wheels supplied the custom pin drive wheels which are wrapped in Michelin tires. Next, Ridetech provided its Shockwave air suspension to allow for an adjustable ride height. Fuel supply was provided by Aeromotive and HPS supplied the hoses for the vehicle.
Other parts include a Centerforce Dual Friction clutch, Dynamat sound insulation, Stitchcraft and Katzkin custom interior touches, DEI heat insulation, Speed Hut custom gauges and a Quaife 5-speed transaxle. APR Performance fitted the vehicle with aero enhancements in the form of carbon fiber front canards and rear wing. The vehicle was detailed and given a paint correction by the car care experts at Meguiar’s. In addition to supplying the MKI rolling chassis, Superformance and Hillbank Motorsports also painted the current Ford GT livery, added the racing decals and fitted it with modern lighting front and rear.