Visitors at the much-awaited 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show – scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 -- can expect a wide array of show cars that demonstrate not only various aftermarket parts and specialty services, but also the capabilities for various companies. One of these show cars is the Future Forty from MagnaFlow and Superformance.
Superformance is an American automobile company that creates performance components and full replicas, especially cars from the 1960s like the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT40, and the Corvette Grand Sport. The company and MagnaFlow – a firm that takes pride of its expertise in performance exhaust systems superior catalytic converter technology – have decided enter into a partnership and create a visually exciting fabrication that makes use of a Ford MkI GT40 replica and the engine of a modern Ford GT. The result is what is to be shown at the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show – the Future Forty.
The companies started the Future Forty project by getting a MkI GT40 replica from Superformance. This replica boasts of an exact recreation of the original monocoque and pressed steel roof of the GT40. However, this GT40 replica doesn’t feature the usual naturally aspirated V8 engine, and is instead powered by a mill derived from a modern Ford GT – a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powerplant.
In the Ford GT, this EcoBoost V6 already delivers up to 647 hp (483 kW) of whooping output. But for its application in the Future Forty, this already powerful mill is boosted by a pair of larger turbochargers from Honeywell Garrett turbochargers and a one-off exhaust setup developed and built by Magnaflow. This new configuration should allow the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the Future Forty to provide a much higher output than in the Ford GT.
Matching this new configuration a livery derived from the #68 Ford GT that took a podium finish (third) in the LMPGTE Pro and 17th overall in the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This livery made the Future Forty a GT40 that took a time trip from the 1960s to the future (2018). Other details and specs of the Future Forty remained unknown.
The Ecoboost-powered Future Forty by Superformance will be unveiled at the Magnaflow booth on the SEMA Show floor. It will be displayed alongside a custom 1969 Dodge Charger by Funk Flex. This customized 1969 Dodge Charger is powered by a Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine from the modern Dodge Hellcat, as complemented by a custom MagnaFlow exhaust system.