Iconic GT40 Reborn as Electric Supercar
The legendary Ford GT40 is getting an electric makeover thanks to British company Everrati, a specialist in the electrification of iconic classic cars.
The company says it will use a proprietary state-of-the-art EV powertrain generating up to 597kW and 800Nm of torque, with twin high-performance Integral Powertrain electric motors that supply drive to the car’s rear axle.
A 60kWh battery integrated into a 700-volt electrical system can be charged from 20 to 80 per cent via an 80kW CCS fast charger in 45 minutes and provide a range in excess of 200km. Advanced liquid-cooling and thermal and safety management systems will support
high-performance use on both road and track.
To ensure optimum weight distribution and enhance vehicle dynamics, the company says that every element of the powertrain, including the battery and driveline, uses existing chassis structural mounting points. Battery packs are positioned within the sills and behind the driver and passenger.
The Everrati GT40 will, the company says, get to 60mph (96.5km/h) in under four seconds.
EVs don’t, obviously, have the engaging roar of an engine, but Everatti will get around that for the GT40. Using something called ‘Race Mode’ twin active sound generators are activated which deliver up to 110db of augmented V8 exhaust sound.
The gear shifter – normally used to select drive, reverse or neutral – also enables the driver to select virtual gears, with each shift synchronised to the sound generators and torque delivery giving a corresponding momentary ‘pause’ in acceleration to ensure driver engagement that invokes the experience of driving a car with a conventional transmission.
The car’s motorsport-derived user display interface provides the driver with live data on the performance and condition of the powertrain. With the driver’s permission, an on-board 4G data-logger enables remote access to Everrati engineers for diagnostic purposes.
It was announced last year that Everatti would form a strategic partnership with US-based company Superformance – a manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation sports cars who produce a rolling chassis for the GT40 built under license – to develop the EV GT40. The link-up means the Everrati is listed in the official Shelby Registry.
“The GT40 personifies Everrati’s philosophy. While many companies perform electric conversions of classic cars, our approach goes far beyond that,” said Everrati Founder and CEO, Justin Lunny. “Deploying an OEM mindset and skillset, we redefine the vehicle as a new car with state-of-the-art design and engineering executed by a team with extensive experience at some of the world’s most celebrated car makers.
The GT40 showcases how Everrati is taking the art of future-proofing automotive icons through electrification to the next level.”
30 July 2022