Su­per­for­mance blends old with new in the Fu­ture Forty

We’re not sure whether this v6 gT40 is blas­phemy or awe­some

Tillsonburg News - - DRIVING - Alex Reid

we can al­ready hear the sounds of peo­ple sharp­en­ing their pitch­forks, but su­per­for­mance has built some­thing truly awe­some and brought it to sema: a Ford gT40 replica with the beat­ing v6 heart of a brand-new gT, and it’s called the Fu­ture Forty.

The 3.5-litre v6 used to make 647 horse­power, but it has been given three more, thanks to up­graded gar­rett tur­bos and a mag­naflow ex­haust. Torque re­mains the same, at 550 pound-feet.

The power hasn’t re­ally changed much, but when you put it in a light­weight body like the orig­i­nal 1960s gT40, 650 hp is more than enough. Cou­pled with a five-speed transaxle, and ob­vi­ously pow­er­ing the rear wheels, the Fu­ture Forty is a proper drive.

The idea to slap the v6 from a new gT into a su­per­for­mance pack­age came from owner doug Camp­bell, who was watch­ing when the car won its class in 2016. (That’s why the liv­ery is an homage to #68.)

The body is a replica of the mK1 gT40, and it rides on hre cen­tre­lock wheels with miche­lin Pi­lot sport Cup 2 tires. a huge rear wing keeps the Fu­ture Forty stuck to the track.

Camp­bell has also talked of tak­ing the car up to al­most 350 km/h af­ter tun­ing the tur­bos to 700 horse­power. wow.

although Camp­bell came up with the idea, su­per­for­mance will build you one, too, for $235,000, which is a bar­gain, con­sid­er­ing the price of a real gT (more than $500,000), if you could even get one.

su­per­for­mance sells reg­u­lar gT40 repli­cas for about $162,000, less en­gine and transaxle.

Alex Reid

Toy­ota has re­leased a teaser photo show­ing two of its mas­sive sedans with some red stripes and sporty wheels. in fact, the Camry in the fore­front even has Trd wheels.

what could this mean? well, Toy­ota is try­ing to in­ject a lit­tle more ex­cite­ment into its daily driv­ers by giv­ing them the Trd (Toy­ota rac­ing de­vel­op­ment) treat­ment.

yes, Toy­ota is go­ing to give a lit­tle rac­ing dNa to the Camry and the avalon in the form of a Trd Pro dress-up pack­age, with maybe a cou­ple of per­for­mance up­grades to go along with it.

look­ing at the rest of the Trd lineup, we can ex­pect there will be some changes to the sus­pen­sion, maybe wheels and tires, but not much more in the way of power.

The teaser ve­hi­cles both have sporty Trd wheels with per­for­mance tires, ex­tended front split­ters, and red brake calipers (although they’re prob­a­bly just painted red, not ac­tu­ally changed from stan­dard).

No image was shown of the rest of the Camry or avalon, but we can ex­pect ex­tended side skirts and a split­ter will round out the changes, with the pos­si­bil­ity of a rear wing as well.

The ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to be un­veiled at the l.a. auto show later this month, when more in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able. along with the manual-trans­mis­sion Corolla hatch­back, the gT86, and the soon-to-come supra, hope­fully Toy­ota’s new lineup will be more ex­cit­ing than the rep­u­ta­tion that pre­ceded it.

Su­per­for­Mance photo

Su­per­for­mance and Ford’s Fu­ture Forty

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