UK electric classic car converter Everrati has announced key specifications for a Ford GT40 electric supercar, including top speed, acceleration, battery size, power and torque.
Billing the new GT40 specs as “a flagship that sets new standards for electrified classics,” Everrati says the supercar will pack a 60kWh battery and dual motors to deliver 800bhp (596kW) and 800Nm torque via a 700-volt electrical system.
This will, it says enable the GT40 to speed from 0-60mph (0-96.5km/hr) in under 4 seconds and achieve a top speed of more than 200km/hr.
We hate to be the ones to tell them, but there are already electric cars that can do this: take the Plaid Model S for example, which can do the 0-100 sprint in 2.3 seconds and has 1,020kW power output. Or the Lucid Air, which has 1,050kw power output and does the sprint in 2.6 seconds.
Never mind. Everrati is clearly proud of its achievements, as evident in comments made by engineering director Mike Kerr: “Future-proofing a car of the GT40’s legendary status is both a privilege and a challenging responsibility.”
“Everrati delivers the best electric drivers’ cars in the world and preserves the original characteristics of the past masters we work on, such that they can be enjoyed by aficionados in the coming age of zero-emission mobility.”
Mind you, it’s not every day that a classic like the GT40 gets an electric overhaul. According to Everrati, it will be the only listed all-electric GT40 in the official Shelby registry.
In converting the GT40, Everrati has “advanced liquid-cooling and thermal and safety management systems to support high-performance use on both road and track.” The battery can be charged from 20-80% at a top rate of 80kW, and be driven more than 200km on a single charge.
To ensure the GT40’s legendary handling and performance have been kept intact, the firm has placed the battery packs in the sills as well as behind the driver and passenger, delivering a weight distribution of 40/60 F/R which it says is ” better even than the original 1966 GT40 MKII A which raced at Le Mans (38/62).”
Even with the added weight of the batteries, the electric GT40 is lighter than a fully fueled ICE GT40, with a curb weight of 1,320kg.
Other specs include a 6.52:1 compound single ratio reduction transmission system and race-derived limited-slip differential, which allow the GT40 to benefit from the rapid surge of power via the motors to zip to 60mph in under four seconds.
If that’s not enough, the revhead crows will be glad to know the electric GT40 does not have to do this silently: by engaging two “twin active sound generators”, the visceral 110db sound of a V8 exhaust springs into action.
Says Kerr: “A car such as the GT40 comes with a heritage and performance that sets high expectations. Through our strategic partnership with Superperformance, we are confident that we have delivered something extraordinary.
“At the same time, our advanced driver-focused visceral engagement technology will enable drivers to access a fully immersive aural experience and reignite the romance of the era in which the GT40 dominated the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1960s, in a new era of zero-emission electric mobility.”
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.