My GT40 Mk.1 replica

The Ford GT40 Mk.1 - my replica car

Fished in Essex Wire racing colours

My car is based on the KVA C type chassis and body shell and was purchased in December 1990 when the KVA was still being manufactured in the UK. KVA (the company) was sold to into USA and the car has gone through several modifications and has reappeared as the America GT. My car is fitted with a Ford V8 302cid engine fitted with performance components and four twin choke 48IDA Weber carbs and a full cross over exhaust system based on the original racing system. I have made replicas of the original knock on BRM racing wheels but using modern three piece rims. I have used 17" rims and have fitted Pirelli P Zero 335/35ZR17 tyres on the rear and 245/40ZR17 on the front. This combination together with the fully adjustable and very rigid 'C' type suspension system provides the car with road holding that I believe exceeds that of the original cars. I designed the engine using a computer program to assist in the selection of tuning parts and it now produces similar power to that of the original Le Mans racing cars. I use my car regularly on public roads as well as on many race tracks in this country and in Europe and add around 5,000 miles to the clock each year. I have finished the car in Essex Wire racing colours and to make it more comfortable for use on the roads I have fitted air conditioning which has proven to be almost essential. The brakes are AP Racing 12" diameter ventilated rotors with four pot callipers and carbon metallic pads. The transaxle is a Audi 100 5 speed with some modifications to the selector system to suit the GT40.

Comparative specification

The Original
Ford GT40 Mk.1
This car a KVA GT40 Mk1.Replica built by Ken Saunders
FinishVariousEssex wire racing colours
Front Track55"59"
Rear Track55"60"
Overall Length164.5"165"
Overall Width70"72"
Overall Height40.5"40.5" (Plus 2" Gurney Dome)
Minimum Ground Clearance4"4"
Fuel Capacity30.5 Gallons20 Gallons
Approximate Weight2300 lbs.2400 lbs.
Weight Ratio F/R46/54 %44/56 %
Wheels - Front6.5" x 15"10" x 17"
Rear8" x 15"13" x 17"
Tyres - Front5.50 x 15 GoodyearFulda Extremo 245/40ZR17
Rear7.00 x 15 GoodyearPirelli P Zero 335/35ZR17
GearboxZF 5 DS-25Audi 100
Ratios Differential3.33:13.89:1
Brakes - Front11.5" Girling Discs12" AP Racing Vented discs + 4 pot callipers
Rear11.5" Girling Discs12" AP Racing Vented discs + 4 pot callipers
Engine289 cid Ford V8 (4736cc)302 cid Ford V8 (4943cc)
Compression ratio10:110:1
Carburettors4 x 48IDA Weber4 x 48IDA Weber
Maximum Power380bhp @ 6500rpm400bhp @ 6500rpm
Maximum Torque330lbs/ft @ 5500rpm379lbs/ft @ 6000rpm
Maximum RPM75007500
Wheel revolutions per mile720758
MPH @ 1000rpm in 5th2929
MPH @ 6000rpm 1st6030
Maximum rpm in 5th (7500rpm)217217

My second GT40 Project

Project 2

This is a GTD chassis with a fibre glass body shell that I purchased in a moment of weakness and is my current project in between modifying and improving my present GT40. I originally anticipated completion of the GTD sometime late in 1999, however my move to France in that year put paid to any such possibility. Since then and since being established here in France my plans have changed a bit and the new Ford GT has also influenced my thoughts. The second car will still be built but it will have a completely new homebuilt chassis designed by GT40 Chassis Designs Europe and a modified Mk2 body shell,  the engine will be the Ford 4.6 litre quad cam 32 valve  V8  coupled to a five or six speed Audi sequential gearbox. They say that you have to be a bit mad to take on building a GT40 replica so I must be very mad to take on building a second. (watch this space) This project will be after I have completed the current project my Zenith Zodiac CH650 Light Aircraft.