From our one-of-a-kind Stainless Steel monocoque chassis to our bespoke leather interiors, we are proud to produce some of the best GT40 replicas in the world. Our cars are among the most comfortable, user-friendly and unique – a GT40 that you can actually live with! Improved driver ergonomics, updated suspension design and visceral performance all combine in a tribute package that simultaneously honors and outperforms the original Ford GT40.
The CAV GT40 replica features a TIG welded monocoque chassis constructed from Stainless Steel 304. To our knowledge, we are the only GT40 replica manufacturer to do so. Each panel is 3D modeled, lasercut and CNC bent before being hand welded in our proprietary jig system.
Our monocoque chassis is constructed from Stainless Steel 304 for its strength and corrosion-resistance. An Aluminum counterpart cannot produce the same stiffness without adding extra bulk. In turn this negates the weight saving of the otherwise lighter material. Moreover, bulking the chassis structures encroaches on valuable space which we prefer to use for extra fuel capacity and more interior room for the driver and passenger.
The CAV GT40 replica body panels are constructed from glass reinforced polymer utilizing high-temperature vinylester resin. The molds of our body panels still retain features from the original GT40s on which they are based. Each panel is hand laid prior to setup on the Stainless Steel monocoque chassis. Several incubation cycles purge solvents and release internal stresses; nurturing a strong and stable final product.
Here at CAV we build some of the most accommodating and ergonomic GT40 replicas. Our standard configuration is suitable for drivers and passengers up to 6’4″. We are happy to make customized changes for those who are taller.
Typical factory build time is approximately 6 months. In some instances this can be reduced to as little as 4 months. Speak to us or one of our dealers for more details and specific time lines.
The CAV GT40 replica is designed to accommodate a wide range of engines. Ford small block units are the most popular and include 289ci, 302ci, 347ci, 351ci (Windsor) as well as modified units up to 427ci. Newer Modular engines from Ford such as the 5.0L Coyote are also readily installed.
The CAV GT40 replica is equipped with Wilwood brake systems. Base models feature 4-pot calipers and 300mm vented discs at each corner. Upgraded brake systems include calipers with larger diameter pots, slotted discs and performance pad compounds for up to 70% greater performance.
The CAV GT40 replica is equipped with double A-frame wishbones at the front and multi-link geometry at the rear. Base models feature polymer bushings at the front. This can be upgraded to a fully adjustable rose-jointed system. The rear suspension is rose-jointed and fully adjustable as standard.
The CAV GT40 replica is designed to accommodate two styles of transaxle gearbox: either the 6-speed Getrag or 5-speed ZF. The Getrag transaxle is compact and lightweight with a familiar shift pattern. It is also the less expensive choice. The ZF transaxle is larger and better to suited to more powerful engines. It features an original-style dog leg shift pattern.
Our 6-speed transaxle is the familiar Getrag 01E. Confusion arises when referring to Audi and Porsche variants of this gearbox. In truth they are all similar and were used in various applications at Audi and Porsche. Getrag is however the core manufacturer. For our application, we specify a 2-wheel-drive version with 108mm output shafts.
The CAV GT40 replica is designed to be fitted with classic style 5×4.5″ centre lock wheels. We offer either BRM or Halibrand styles in a range of sizes from 15″ to 18″.
Air conditioning is a standard and much needed installation.
Total weight depends on final specification but our GT40 replicas usually tip the scales at 1160kg (2550lb).
Our international dealers typically have a demonstrator vehicle in stock or in production. You are also welcome to schedule a visit to the CAV factory for a closer look at our GT40 replica in various stages of construction.
Since most of our builds are customized, the final cost depends on specification and configuration. Please contact your nearest CAV dealer or write to us directly for detailed information.
Road registration procedures differ from one country to the next. Please contact us for specific information about your country.