Superformance blends old with new in the Future Forty
We’re not sure whether this v6 gT40 is blasphemy or awesome
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.
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 and Ford’s Future Forty