The Superformance GT40 MK I Wide might strike you as having an uncanny resemblance to the 1966 GT40 racecar, the one that took the top three spots at Le Mans in 1966. And that’s because this 2016 Superformance vehicle – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic – is made with 80% of the exact same parts as the car it intends to replicate.
Starting at $110,000, and going to $165,000 when it’s souped up, the Superformance GT40 is a thrill ride that can go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds. Its sleek, bold and white exterior is only interrupted by its blazing blue stripes and is the only model licensed to hold the GT40 name. This may be a remake, but it is the only remake. And even that doesn’t tell the whole story because the car is literally taking its actual parts from the original.
Designed to go fast and win races, the Superformance, unless you own a time machine, is the closest you can get to driving the real thing. Vented Wilwood super light brakes with front and rear brakes, featuring 12.75 inch discs and four-piston calipers ensure safety for all drivers. The engines range from small-block V-8s to big-block power plants with 9.6 liters of displacement. It boasts a 500hp and 450 ft. lbs of torque. It’s the equivalent of a body builder trapped in a sprinter’s body and drivers can feel and handle the difference.
For the traditionalists, options include leather and custom paint, rolls bars, rounded lights and front canards. For the modern day driver, yes, it comes with air condition so you’ll be the hottest item in town without having to be hot in the car.
In its development, engineers ensured authenticity allowing for official GT40 registry. There’s no substitute. With its pressed steel roof and flashy exterior, the GT40 is exhilarating and a must drive for any classic car and race car historians.
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