The Ford GT40 does not need any introduction but this particular GT40 might need one. Before GT40 fans throw a fit, an explanation is in order to soothe the frayed tempers of the supercar enthusiast. You see, the GT40 is not just a car but something that is closer to our hearts as an icon. Hence, the news of a GT40 going electric might be too much of a shock to some. However, Everrati, a British electric carmaker has turned a replica GT40 into an electric one along with performance numbers which piqued our interest. This has been done in partnership with US firm Superperformance.
The GT40 was conceived to win at racing which subsequent iterations were successful road cars including the latest one. However, this is a classic GT40 replica that now runs on electricity and the idea may not be blasphemy. Electric cars are the future and converting classic cars into EVs might be a way to enjoy them more rather than being confined to a museum. In this, the Everrati Automotive GT40 develops close to 800bhp via a 60-kWh battery and dual motors. The performance matches the race car ethos of the GT40 since it will do 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. The range is said to be roughly 125 miles hence this might seem like a surprisingly practical EV albeit within a racing car canvas. There are two drive modes on offer along with AC and DC charging available.
That said, Everrati has gone to great lengths to preserve the personality of the GT40- as much as possible. The styling is gorgeous and so is the paint finish while many customizations or options are possible including the iconic ‘Gulf livery’ with hand-painted decals. There is a Concours-standard restoration while internals and other components are overhauled. The GT40 also gets luxuries like air conditioning or even a custom audio system if you want one. However, the controversial bit is the electric motor which is somewhat hidden away but efforts have been made to add in some acoustic personality. The GT40 is known for its V8 roar but since that is not there on this car, Everrati has added an ‘active performance sound’ exhaust. This will ‘try’ to replicate the noise that the original GT40 had but again, matching the noise of an internal combustion engine has been the biggest Achilles heel for electric cars. We’d say why to fight it! Embracing electric cars also includes getting used to the lack of sound or the refinement that an electric motor gives you. You would be able to drive your classic through neighborhoods without creating a ruckus. This might seem the modern way to drive and enjoy a classic.
The interior also looks gorgeous and stays faithful to the standard GT40 ethos with a distinct road-going race car vibe. We love the controls and the position of the gearbox too. The exterior is also a classic GT40 and follows the original design with gorgeous detailing. Importantly the electric restomod maker makes the chassis under license from the original car-maker. Hence, the design and execution are faithful to the classic GT40 but its heart is now electric. Marrying the EV powertrain with this sports car chassis is complicated along with keeping the driving experience similar to the original model. While an electric motor can never provide the same sensation as a V8, the fact is, these cars are keeping the classics alive in this modern age. Along with GT40s, they also do electric 911s, Land Rovers of various vintage, and other iconic cars like the Mercedes SL ‘Pagoda’.