The notion of a new GT40 is exciting at the best of times, but an electrified version created by two of the world’s foremost companies that specialise in recreating classics with EV power is positively tantalising.
Everrati is relatively well known here in the UK and has an enviable history in recreating and futureproofing some of the most desirable classics on the planet. Its catalogue includes EV versions of the Porsche 911 (964), Series IIA Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda. Whilst we’re obviously massive proponents of keeping things EV and clean, Everrati’s cars are reversible, meaning petrol motors can be reinstalled. For classics like the 964, that’s a big plus.
When it comes to the GT40, Superformance’s expertise in creating high-performance component cars from the sixties, built under licence from trademark holders, is a boon. It adds authenticity and value to the cars that lucky punters will be buying. Superformance’s method of selling rolling chassis into which customers can slot a powertrain of their choice has made them an obvious partner for Everrati.
As the project stands, Superformance has supplied a chassis to Everrati which is being converted to EV power at the UK team’s HQ at Upper Heyford in the Cotswolds. The GT40 will have a powertrain packing 800hp and 590lb-ft of torque which Everrati predicts will provide performance of sub-four seconds to 60mph. A 46kWh battery pack plus and 700 volt system voltage will enable a range of around 125 miles and rapid charging.
For those who want to go full retro, the iconic Gulf livery has been officially licenced from Gulf Oil and will be an optional extra. A degree of customisation is available with interior materials, paint and in-car technology – such as audio, parking sensors and reversing camera. Performance-wise, Öhlins shock absorbers and roll bars can be added.
Everrati is being very careful to ensure that the driving experience isn’t diluted from the original car’s character with its EV powertrain installation.
Justin Lunny, Founder and CEO, Everrati: “This is the perfect partnership. The sole focus of both Everrati and Superformance is iconic cars and Lance and his team are the guys when it comes to authorised continuation chassis of some of the most legendary cars in history. Marrying these chassis with our advanced EV powertrains and precision engineering will enhance performance while keeping the essence and soul of the original. We aim to create the best electric driver’s cars while, at the same time, future-proofing these true past masters.”
Lance Stander, CEO at Superformance, is a petrolhead through-and-through, but has been impressed by Everrati’s approach: "While I will always love a V8-powered vehicle, there is no doubting the ultra-high performance of Everrati’s advanced EV powertrains. I am genuinely impressed with the lengths to which Everrati goes to maintain the weight distribution and character of the original car. Electrification is the future in so many ways and adds another option for those who love classic sports cars.”