Iconic Ford GT40 racing car to get electric update
The iconic Ford GT40 endurance racing car that broke Ferrari’s grip on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s, will be the first new electrified model resulting from a partnership between Everrati and Superformance to create modern versions old classics.
London-based Everrati is a leading technology company specializing in the restoration and modification of classic and iconic vehicles into electric models. It already offers electrified versions of classics such as the Porsche 911 (964), the Land Rover Series IIA and the Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda.
California-based Superformance has built many component-based sports cars from the 1960s, such as the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupé, GT40, and Corvette Grand Sport.
The new partnership between Everrati and Superformance is designed to perpetuate iconic cars and will begin with an electrified version of the iconic Ford GT40. Development is already underway with a prototype chassis having already been built at the UK Everrati Development Center in Upper Heyford, at a former US air base.
Already featured on Everrati’s website, the electrified GT40 MKII will display 0-60 acceleration in under 4 seconds and deliver an all-electric range of 200 kilometers. A 46 kWh battery will allow combined AC and DC fast charging and will deliver 800 horsepower or 800 Nm of torque.
“It’s the perfect partnership,” said Justin Lunny, Founder and CEO of Everrati. “Everrati and Superformance focus only on iconic cars.
“The marriage of these chassis with our advanced EV powertrains and precision engineering will enhance performance while retaining the essence and soul of the original. Our goal is to create the best electric cars while preserving the future of these true masters of the past. “
The GT40 was designed in the 1960s with the sole aim of breaking the hold of Italian automaker Ferrari on the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race and other similar endurance races. In 1966 the GT40 beat Ferrari – famous with a victory of 1, 2, 3 – and won the next three Le Mans races.
“I am very excited about the partnership we are announcing today,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Superformance. “Justin and the Everrati team have a compelling vision for the future, along with the pedigree and engineering expertise to reinvent this 21st century automotive icon.
“While I’ll always love a V8-powered vehicle, there’s no doubt that the ultra-high performance of Everrati’s advanced EV powertrains. I am really impressed with the efforts of Everrati. Electrification is the future in many ways and adds another option for those who love classic sports cars.