In 1963 Ford established Ford Advanced Vehicles specifically for the development of the forthcoming GT40 race car. Members of the hand-picked team included Eric Broadley of Lola, John Wyer, the Aston Martin team manager and engineer Roy Lunn. An earlier collaboration between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari to amalgamate had faltered acrimoniously at the last moment and Ford sought revenge by beating Ferrari in Grand Touring racing at the world's most prestigious events. They succeeded in spectacular style with probably the most iconic GT racer ever.
Offered here is a 2013 Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV) GT40 built as a celebration of fifty years since the initial race car conception by Ford. CAV are regarded as the finest engineered reproductions of these cars with a quality and authenticity that is unlikely to be bettered. It is in as-new condition having only completed 80 miles in the way of a track test to optimise set-up and reliability.
The concept for build was around the 1966 GT40 but with modern GT racing remaining a possibility hence incorporating modern technology. The monocoque is CAV's faithful replica finished in stainless steel. The body is as the original 1966 Le Mans entry but in composite and with a modern ‘aero package'. The tub is flat bottomed with front crash box and modified suspension pick up points. The suspension is fully rose jointed with cast Aluminium uprights. It has fully adjustable spring heights and dual action dampers. Six pot front callipers and four pot rears are mated to ventilated discs with a cockpit bias control. It comes with eight centre lock rims (4 still boxed) on slick tyres included. The interior is equipped with all the necessary safety equipment including an adjustable seat to accept a 6.2''driver. The steering wheel is removable.
The engine is a dry-sumped 6.0 litre LS (GM) V8 to full NASCAR specification producing 500bhp at 7000rpm with reprogrammable ECU. The gearbox is a G50 unit with a triple plate clutch. It has the high efficiency radiator with thermostatically controlled fans and high torque starting motor. The exhaust system is of the GT40 type of mild steel but with stainless silencers.
CAV GT40's are the pinnacle of evocations and a modern engineering ‘take' is surely unique. With plenty of events eligible to the new owner it affords an interesting prospect and is on the button.