British conversion company Everrati and Superformance, a Californian manufacturer of nostalgia sports cars inspired by the 1960s, have entered into a strategic partnership that will see the creation of an electrified version of the legendary GT40 as a joint first.
Everrati specialises in the conversion of classic and vintage cars. The collaboration with Superformance – a forge that builds iconic vehicles under licence from brand owners such as GM and SAFIR GT40s and whose chassis can be configured with historic or modern powertrains – is intended to allow car enthusiasts to drive an electrified GT40 as a first step.
The partners have already built a prototype chassis. This will be combined with an electric drive at Everrati’s British development centre in Upper Heyford. Further details of the first model from the partnership are to be announced in the coming months.
“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,” says Justin Lunny, founder and CEO of Everrati. “Marrying these chassis with our advanced EV powertrains and precision engineering will enhance performance while keeping the essence and soul of the original.”
The very first GT40 was brought to life back in the early sixties by a British team led by expatriate British engineer Roy Lunn at Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough. The body had been made by Abbey Panels in Coventry before the finished car was shipped to the US for unveiling the day before the New York Auto Show in April 1964. In this respect, an Anglo-American partnership for the electrification of the classic was a nice touch.