The Superformance GT40 in action.

The Superformance GT40 in action.

Ever heard of the Ford GT40?  It’s the car that won the 24 hours of Le Mans 3 times in a row, between 1966 to 1969.  Why is that so impressive?  It is impressive because it beat Ferrari (Ford beating Ferrari?) and it was the first car to win Le Mans 2 years in a row.

"Slow ride.... Take it easy.... "

"Slow ride.... Take it easy.... "

Here’s a little more history from the GT40 Wikipedia article:

The car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the windshield) as required by the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.7 L and 7 L) were used, compared with the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 L or 4.0 L.

Early cars were simply named “Ford GT”. The name “GT40” was the name of Ford’s project to prepare the cars for the international endurance racing circuit, and the quest to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first 12 “prototype” vehicles carried serial numbers GT-101 through GT-112. The “production” began and the subsequent cars, the MkI, MkIIs, MkIIIs, and MkIVs, numbered GT40-P-1000 through GT40-P-1145, were officially “GT40s”. The name of Ford’s project, and the serial numbers dispel the story that “GT40” was “only a nickname.”

Now to buy one of these original machines would cost, well, more than even mentioning.  Fortunately for the rest of the world, Superformance has recreated the car to such exacting standards that they could use the “GT40” name.

Interested?  Check out more about the car on their website.

Below is a video of the car being reviewed by Fifth Gear:

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