GT40 Superperformance FIA HTP 2026
After success with the Daytona Coupe in 1964, Shelby-American became more heavily involved in Ford's GT40 Sports Prototype racing programme, which had experienced disappointing results. Shelby made changes to running gear, particularly transmissions, to improve reliability, and designed their GT40 Mark II variant around Ford's 7.0-litre (427 cu in) engine. In 1966, the Mark II earned Ford the overall Constructors' title in the World Sportscar Championship with their 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.
The California-born South African built, Superformance GT40 is the only officially sanctioned continuation model. Carroll Shelby gave Superformance permission to construct officially designated GT40/P numbered chassis. So, whilst its not a genuine Ford, it is a genuine GT40! It’s licensed by Shelby and Safir GT40 Spares as the only true GT40 continuation car and is eligible for Shelby American Automobile Club and GT40 registries.
Built in 2014 for John Young, Chassis P2262 was prepared for racing and granted FIA HTP in 2016. These run until 2026.
Chassis P2262 ran in the 2016 Goodwood Members Meeting Alan Mann Trophy two driver race driven by JD Classic hot shoe Chris Ward and owner John Young. The car ran competitively qualifying 13th but retired on 20th lap with gear linkage problems.
Later that year the car came out again for the Goodwood Revival’s hotly contested Whitsun Trophy. This time driven solely by Chris Ward, Chassis P2262 finished first of six GT40s home and 4th overall behind a Lotus Oldsmobile 19, Lola T70 and a Lotus 30.
During the race Chris Ward starting lapping almost three seconds quicker than the lead car, proving both the GT40 was superbly set up and Chris a rain Meister! During the race he set quickest lap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN5UrxambRc Chris Ward 2016 Whistun Trophy in Chassis P2262
2017 Goodwood Members Meeting Chassis P2262, again piloted by Chris Ward, lined up for the Surtees Trophy in 8th position after a qualifying session that was dominated by Lola T70’s. Chris Ward got away cleanly and started to make up places but in the fading light a collision occurred bringing out the safety car. When racing resumed Chris Ward raced to the flag climbing to 5th overall.
2017 Goodwood Revival again saw the worst of British weather. Proving once more to be the rain Meister, Chris Ward put in a lap late into qualifying that ultimately put him P3 for the race on Saturday. Come the race the rain stayed in place and there followed an epic duel between the yellow GT40 driven by Nick Padmore and Chassis P2262 driven by Chris Ward. By the final chequered flag Chris Ward took the win 3 seconds ahead of Nick Padmore.
2017 wasn’t over yet! Inaugurated in 1929, the Bernina Gran Turismo was only run for two years before it was deemed too dangerous and shelved until it was revived in 2015. The hill climb travelled 5.6 kilometres up the Bernina Pass, starting from La Rosa crossing the finishing line at the highest point of the pass, Bernina Hospiz. Chassis P2262, again driven by regular pilote, Chris Ward, took top honours with the quickest time of the weekend.
Enjoy this video produced by JD Classics to celebrate P2262’s victory at the Bernina Gran Turismo.
Returning to Goodwood for the 2018 Members Meeting, Chassis P2262 was this time driven by John Young in the Gurney Cup. Competing against some of the best drivers in historic racing, well known Gentleman Driver John Young brought the car back a very credible 8th out of 21 cars.
This was to be the last competitive race for chassis P2262 and in 2019 the car was acquired by the famous chef and car collector James Martin. James has used the car sparingly since whilst having the car maintained with no expense spared by Cars International.
The car has recently been subject to a professional detailing and ceramic coating and is ready to be taken back to the track either as the ultimate trackday weapon or in competition and pick up the winning streak of its first chapter.
The car can be viewed in Hampshire and is available for sale at Simon Drabble Cars for £475,000
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