We are now
offering a true MK II replica, compatible with the original FE engine
and the T44 transaxle! Like the original MK II, the ERA GT MK
I chassiss is modified for the larger engine. Initial bodies
are done as the original, with rather crude bodywork designed for
racing only - which is not to say they can't be made to look straight
enough for street. With our new tooling, the
body's construction is similar to the ERA MK I.
Here's a layout
of one of the first cars.
|While the GT MK I very successful,
Ford decided to skip the sublety and stick a big block (427) into a
GT40 chassis. |
The engine was the same as used in the 427
Cobra: A NASCAR engine (note the single 4 bbl carb) putting
out about 485 bhp. Very conservative - to live for 24 hours
at Le Mans. The engine used a sophisticate dry sump system
to minimize height and maximize oil capacity for the 24 hour race.
A large (~3 gallon) reservoir was
kept at the front, on top of the footbox. Lots of plumbing
||The Mk I's ZF transaxle was found to be inadequate for the
big block's torque.
Because of time constraints, the guts of
the ubiquitous Top-Loader found its way into a new Ford-designed case
with quick change gears at the far end of the case for fast ratio
changes. There were only 4 speeds, but with all that torque,
nobody complained. First gear was good for almost 100 mph!
And there were also body