GT40 Mk 1
ultra-premium reproduction by
Race Car Replicas

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Some cars seem to have a personality, a soul. This is one of those cars. In this car you can almost sense what legendary drivers such as Bob Bondurant or Ken Miles or Dan Gurney felt when they challenged Ferrari for the throne back in the '60s. Among the major enhancements are the cockpit-cooling A/C blowing out of the dashboard vents, the state-of-the-art fuel injection controlling the engine through its computer, the modern suspension and big brakes, and finally a drivetrain that puts out almost twice the horsepower produced by hundreds of Ford engineers "back in the day."

This 'Fabulous Forty' will very comfortably cruise along the freeway at 70 mph in 5th gear or you can downshift to 3rd and in a blink of an eye... well, let's say "considerably exceed the posted limits." This car is a faithful recreation of chassis number 1083—once owned and driven by Wilson Fittipaldi. It's a heart-throbbing head-turner everywhere it prowls, and has been featured in five magazine feature articles. It's probably the most published reproduction GT40 available today. It's very comfortable on the road course at more than 150 mph and yet my kids would never miss a trip to the Dairy Queen in this "Forty."

 Where the petrol meets the pistons:

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 drivetrain particulars:

The spirit of this driving machine resides in the engine compartment. It represents the essence of mechanical synergy—the sum of the whole being greater than its individual components. Don't be sidetracked by fancy valve covers and large horsepower claims. It takes a lot more than that to build a serious engine that will safely snap to 8,000 RPMs and comfortably cruise down the highway—and with the A/C blowing arctic air. For an engine to "feel" fast it must be lightweight and snappy. This engine sports the best of both—big horsepower and torque—but at the same time ultra light and fierce. Because the build was featured showcased in a national magazine, many corporate sponsors such as Oliver Rods, Diamond Pistons, Scat, McLeod Industries and Comp Cams really stepped up and sent us their finest, state-of-the-art components to use in our build. This is not an engine you can order over the phone.

The gearbox is the coveted ZF 5-speed just like in the original. It has been completely, professionally rebuilt and all internals have been safety wired.


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you'll appreciate why this powerplant and geartrain is so special and why there isn't
another one like it anywhere in the world.

Chassis/Suspension particulars

There are many cars available with shiny paint and racing livery that might look similar, but the differences often lurk beneath the surface. The substructure of this 'Forty' is a TIG-welded/ all-aluminum/ fully polished monocoque chassis. The bottom of the car is coated with RhinoLiner to seal the aluminum and reduce the sound. The front section was custom built to more closely resemble the original, including the stainless steel protective screen and tow hock in front of the radiator. With the skin removed, the suspension is clearly visible. This car spent two weeks with a professional racing team for final suspension tuningthis included the standard alignment but also bump steer tuning and Ackerman adjustments, corner weighing to a perfect balance and adjusting the valve settings on the dual adjustable QA1 shocks. The springs were selected based on wheel rate calculations [wheel rate = a physics calculation to precisely determine at what spring rate the chassis will move 1" with 300 pounds of force]. The adjustable anti-sway bars (both front & rear) have also been carefully tuned for this car, resulting in further improved feel and handling. Few high-performance motorcars ever see this level or caliber of chassis tuning.

You'll get all the chassis numbers [chassis numbers are the results of the professional chassis tuning; they include bump steer measurements, corner weights, alignment specs, et al.].

Two magazine articles have glowingly featured the chassis setup on this car.

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Coachwork particulars

The coachwork of the RCR GT40 is a precise recreation of the original GT40 Mk1after all, the tooling was cast from an original car. It's decked-out in period-correct livery with the appropriate vinyl vintage decals, Ford Racing Red and Wimbledon White paint. You'll also notice the exterior kill switch behind the driver door, the "Gurney Bubble" on the roof, the rear bonnet latch pins and the "Gurney Flap" or spoiler on the rear of the car, each of which complements the detail present throughout the car. You can easily remove the numbers to personalize this 'Forty' to your taste.

cockpit

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From the driver's seat this 'Forty' is a time machine, transporting you back to the mid- and late-sixties with vintage gauges, toggle switches, quick-release steering wheel, and only the absolutely essential accompaniments [including the absolutely essential A/C unit]. It can be described as "utilitarian" or "raw" or "race functional"—as you would expect with any faithful reproduction of a legendary racing machine.

From the driver's seat you can adjust the front/rear brake bias on the fly, you can activate the fire suppression system and you can monitor the vital statistics. The 6-point rollcage is unobtrusive and barely visible. Some instrument gauges serve two functions—for example the oil temperature gauge will read the engine oil temp or the transaxle oil temp when you flick the toggle. The speedometer is an extremely accurate 200 mph device, although I have never seen it actually run to the limit! The tach is positioned right in front with a 7,000 rpm redline position at the top of the gauge as they were in the original cars. In addition to those gauges, you will also monitor fuel level for both tanks, fuel pressure, oil pressure, volts, water temp both going out of the engine and coming into the engine.

There are LED lights for low coolant pressure (4 psi) and low oil pressure (18 psi) and of course turn signals and high beams. The gears are selected with a walnut-handled shift lever located just behind the master disconnect switch.

The seats are first-rate, upholstered in original-correct supple black leather with brass grommets over an aluminum racing seat that provides tremendous torso support for both you and your passenger. You're comfortably held in place by 6-point racing harnesses from the G-Force Pro 'Camlock' Series. Like the rest of the car, these subtle details make the difference.

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This breathtakingly beautiful Fabulous Forty is yours for

$99,000 obo

I'm Dean Lampe, in Centralia, Illinois, U.S.A.

You can contact me at:

    (618) 322-6046 (cell)
 or email: TheLampes@aol.com 

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