RE: Superformance 50th anniversary GT40 announced

RE: Superformance 50th anniversary GT40 announced

Monday 5th August

Superformance GT40 50th on sale | Update

50th anniversary model for Gulf-liveried chassis 1075 costs from £185k - or £280k for a '69 Toolroom Copy



Update - 05.08.2019

Superformance has confirmed that its Gulf-liveried 50th anniversary GT40 costs from £185,000 in Britain, with the racier Toolroom Copy that more closely mimics the specs of the 1969 Le Mans winner priced from £285k. Both variants of the gorgeous blue and orange recreation are tributes to chassis P/1075, in which Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver beat the Porsche 908 to the top step of the podium some 50 years ago. The chassis, which had won the year before as well, gave Ford its fourth consecutive and final overall win on the Circuit de la Sarthe - so it's certainly worthy of celebration in 2019.

Esteemed vintage car recreator Superformance has kept the GT40 that marks the occasion as close to the original setup as possible, offering it with a choice of 5.0-litre or 7.0-litre Ford V8s, both of which are supplied by engine specialist Roush. There are some modern components, including Quaife RFQ or ZF RBT transaxles (buyers can choose which they want), but much of the setup is interchangeable with the 1969 GT40's. Nowhere else is this truer than in the Toolroom Copy version, which is so authentic that it's eligible for the FIA’s Historic Technical Passport, meaning it can race at classic events alongside the old stuff.

With only 50 examples of the ’69 tribute cars to be made by Superformance, it's probably only fair to expect a tiny handful to make their way to Britain via official importer Le Mans Coupes. If you miss the boat on that batch, Superformance is now also producing recreations of the pre-1966 GT40 racers for £250k. That completes a line-up of three rather costly GT40 variants, but if our recent Showpiece is anything to go by, they’re not exactly set to depreciate…




Original story - 17.01.2019


You'll most probably be familiar with Superformance; it makes recreations of the 60s' sports car icons, from Corvettes to Cobras. Superformance's most recognised continuation cars, though, are its GT40s, a range that's now been added to with this 50th anniversary model.

Hang on; the GT40's first Le Mans victory was 1967, which is now more than 50 years ago. Yes, correct, but this car is a homage to chassis 1075, the winning Gulf GT40 from 1968 and 1969. Indeed that particular Mk1 GT40 raced for four years, with '68 and '69 of course the most notable.


As with all Superformance GT40s, this car isn't so much a replica as a doppelganger: more than 90 per cent of the parts are interchangeable with an original GT40, and the project has been coordinated by John Sadler of Safir GT40 Spares, holder of the GT40 trademark. The chassis is an exact replica of the first one, "stiffer than any other chassis on the market and made up of over 244 laser-cut or bent and pressed parts."

The Superformance GT40 does feature some concessions to modernity though, with air-con, an adjustable pedal box, Wilwood brake discs and suspension comprised of H&R springs with Bilstein dampers. Apparently it's "just as comfortable on the street as it is on the track" - we'll have to take their word for it.


Unique to this Superformance continuation though, and marking out the 50th anniversary car, is the 'Tool Room Reconfiguration' option pack. That brings with it Lexan windows, racing tanks and the graphics, so expect it to be taken up by the majority. Bizarrely, the Reconfiguration upgrade also adds a VIN number matching Gulf Racing Series guitar - see the YouTube video for all you need to know about those...

As for the car, Superformance will - appropriately enough - build 50 of these anniversary GT40s, priced at $179,995 for the standard car or $209,900 with the livery and electric guitar. It's been launched at Barrett Jackson's Scottsdale auction today, and available to order now - cooler than a regular £200k supercar, isn't it?


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Lordbenny

Original Poster:

7,245 posts

163 months

Thursday 17th January
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I’d have one of these over a Macca 720s all day long.....just not in Gulf livery.

thegreenhell

6,001 posts

163 months

Thursday 17th January
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article said:
the GT40's first Le Mans victory was 1967
1966...

mac96

1,493 posts

87 months

Thursday 17th January
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Why wouldn't it be "just as comfortable on the street as it is on the track" .
Probably not very comfortable anywhere. But who cares? If I had the money I'd have that in a flash.

Midgster

368 posts

178 months

Thursday 17th January
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If I could afford a £200,000 car, this would be it.

deejay005

21 posts

122 months

Thursday 17th January
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Wibble

ducnick

931 posts

187 months

Thursday 17th January
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Last GT40 i sat in was highly uncomfortable stationary let alone in motion. Fine if you are shorter than 5’9”, otherwise forget driving one very far.

Edmundo2

801 posts

154 months

Thursday 17th January
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Love the real ones. Don't see many replicas I like as most tend to have the wrong profile tyres etc and all too often appear to be a bit too polished. Front arches look wrong on this..?

Love Adrian Neweys car

Esceptico

1,753 posts

53 months

Friday 18th January
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I had the fortune (misfortune?) to drive a GT40 recreation a few years back at Bedford Autodrome. Not the Superperformance but the one made in South Africa. Looked amazing. Sounded amazing. Was undrivable! The brakes were either on or off. I’ve never experienced anything like it. Perhaps okay if driving on track only but wouldn’t have worked on the road. And the gearbox was awful. I literally struggled to get it to change gears. Worse car in that respect I’ve ever driven. Maybe it would have been better had I been going faster (but it was an accompanied ride and I only had about 5 minutes). They said it needed setting up properly - but then why did they let us drive it in that state I don’t know. Suffice to say any thoughts of ordering one disappeared.

Gameface

9,363 posts

21 months

Friday 18th January
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Their Cobra Daytona Coupe is the one for me.

MCBrowncoat

199 posts

90 months

Friday 18th January
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Doesn't look right, ride height is totally off

aeropilot

18,407 posts

171 months

Friday 18th January
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Gameface said:
Their Cobra Daytona Coupe is the one for me.
Their MkII GT40 with a 427FE in it as per the '66 winning car would be the one for me without question.


However, those prices quoted in the OP are somewhat misleading, as I don't think the OP has read the Superformance t&c's...... wink

"All Superformance products are supplied complete, but without engines and transmissions. The selection, purchase and installation of the drive train are the responsibility of the purchaser."


mac96

1,493 posts

87 months

Friday 18th January
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aeropilot said:
Gameface said:
Their Cobra Daytona Coupe is the one for me.
Their MkII GT40 with a 427FE in it as per the '66 winning car would be the one for me without question.


However, those prices quoted in the OP are somewhat misleading, as I don't think the OP has read the Superformance t&c's...... wink

"All Superformance products are supplied complete, but without engines and transmissions. The selection, purchase and installation of the drive train are the responsibility of the purchaser."
That's a bit off. It's one thing having engine options at additional cost, but refusing to take responsibility for safe installation? Makes them sound like cowboys and would put me right off. I am withdrawing my earlier post!

rev-erend

20,067 posts

228 months

Friday 18th January
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Gameface said:
Their Cobra Daytona Coupe is the one for me.
Yep me too .. but if the lottery win is big enough I might buy both biggrin

DMN

2,614 posts

83 months

Friday 18th January
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rev-erend said:
Gameface said:
Their Cobra Daytona Coupe is the one for me.
Yep me too .. but if the lottery win is big enough I might buy both biggrin
Car of my dreams. I lusted for quite some time over the real one on display at Le Mans a few years back.

griffchris

146 posts

214 months

Friday 18th January
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mac96 said:
That's a bit off. It's one thing having engine options at additional cost, but refusing to take responsibility for safe installation? Makes them sound like cowboys and would put me right off. I am withdrawing my earlier post!
In the states, any Superformance dealer can put a prospective buyer in contact with an installer who can take care of all the oily bits - Olthoff Racing have a great reputation. In the UK, the distributor Le Mans Coupes does all the drive train install, IVA etc.


Edited by griffchris on Friday 18th January 14:15

julian64

12,808 posts

198 months

Friday 18th January
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Nice kit car and one I've always wanted to have apart from being over 6ft tall.

I nearly bought one when they called them kit cars, the pound was worth two dollars and the whole kit cost 41K.

Now they are called recreations and the price has quadrupled I'm not so sure. Continuations it seems are the latest smoke and mirrors way to make buyers think they are buying heritage rather than experience.

LotusOmega375D

4,296 posts

97 months

Friday 18th January
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"cooler than a regular £200k supercar, isn't it?"

Not when you have to pedal it like Frank Flintstone it's not.

blade7

8,775 posts

160 months

Friday 18th January
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LotusOmega375D said:
"cooler than a regular £200k supercar, isn't it?"

Not when you have to pedal it like Frank Flintstone it's not.
Is Frank a copy too...

Olivera

3,456 posts

183 months

Friday 18th January
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Why is the front suspension/wheel-arch on stilts?

coppice

5,418 posts

88 months

Friday 18th January
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As I am ancient (if not in a Duke of Edinburgh sense) I was lucky enough to see GT40s in period. Although the Lola T70 is possibly even more sensational ,and sounds better with the smallblock Chevy , GT40s are , and were , wonderful beasts. Although true to period I don't like the Gulf livery, which has been devalued by being applied to so many crappy cars.

The GT 40 remains the fastest car I have ever been overtaken by,a GT40 having gone past me so quickly on the M1 after the 1971 British GP that although I was sure I'd been doing 85mph , I thought about getting out to see why I'd stopped . .