If you really want to experience the iconic Ford GT40 but your bank account doesn’t have enough zeros in it, then your next best option is to take a look at the official Continuation models built by Superformance.
Continuation GT40s from Superformance are officially licensed cars that remain faithful to the original. This specific example is even more accurate, as its owner Ted Baird went a step further, installing a collection of original 1966-spec parts.
These include features like the rear air vent from the 1966 model, headers made from the original jigs, the correct dashboard and instrument cluster, the ‘suitcase’ boxes that came from the original Le Mans cars, the correct carb setup – the list goes on.
Baird even sourced some original blueprints for the MkII GT40, which helped him make some changes to the rear end of his car, in keeping with what the Ford racing teams were doing back in the day when they were updating the MkI GT40s.
Power comes from the iconic Ford 427 big-block V8, giving the GT40 the ability to hit a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), if you’re brave enough. Ford later discovered that the design of the GT40 created lift up front at high speeds, explaining why the car felt wobbly in these conditions.
Petrolicious features this rather lovely Ford GT40 and its dedicated owner on their latest video linked below.