Ferarri 3Sixty

 

With all the details and styling of the original vehicle, the Ferrari 3Sixty kit car gives owners the oppornity to feel like they own an exotic Italian supercar. Supercar looks with affordable reliability.

Ford GT40

 

The affordable way to live your dream of owning a 60’s classic style supercar. At home and on the street, but with racing heritage is perfectly suited to the track.

SDR V-Storm

 

The SDR V-Storm, a fantastic design for the modern kit car. Exposed tubular chassis gives the car a tough look, but it’s the rest of the car that ‘makes’ the car. Mid engined, Subaru powered and is a three seater. The central driving position will also make you feel like a F1 driver come time to hit the track!

Caterham Classic

 

The Caterham Classic, a light weight British sports car bringing back the 1950’s era of ‘back to basics’ motoring. Fast, Light weight and with excellent handling… equates just good fun!

Porche 356

 

Born in the 1970’s, the Porche 356 kit car was built on a shortened VW beetle chasis. These days companies like Vintage Speedsters bring a more modern approach with a custom built, jig welded chasis. The combination of classic styling and a modern well engineered chasis makes driving the Speedsters the ultimate classic driving experience.

Factory Five GTM

 

Designed to go head to head with the Italian supercars, the Factory Five GTM is a Mid engine supercar which utilizes Corvette running gear combined with the light weight body. th GTM is a supercar that is built to be driven!

Fun in the Sun!!!

 

Beach Buggy Australia started on the fabulous Gold Coast as a beach buggy rental company. During this time, the owners found that people became excited about the experience and wanted to own a piece of the buggy lifestyle, however many yearned for a bit more space for the family and camping gear etc. So the challenge was on to design a buggy to cater for the market. After some development the MAX FX Long Wheel Base was born- an Australian four seater beach buggy that meets all compliance requirements, a classic look with quality features.

The company then changed hands and relocated to the Sunshine Coast, this saw a period of research and development and investment into improving the quality of the product and adding a Short Wheel base to the stable. Much development was also put into the development of the very sporty and modern TARGA Kit stay tuned to hear more about this in coming months.


 

New Beginnings
Now Beach Buggy Australia is back where it belongs on the Gold Coast and has been incorporated into the respected Volks-Mod team. Now Australia’s best buggy builders Kurt and Gunter Bogholz bring you Australia’s best Beach Buggy. What an excellent combination! The boys are experienced buggy builders having made perfecting both the on-road and off-roaders their life’s work.

 So whether your style is a tricked up streeter or a machine that can handle all kinds of terrain the boys at Beach Buggy Australia can build your buggy dream. 
With the new improved MAX FX bodies combined with excellent buggy building knowledge, skills and experience, Beach Buggy Australia can offer unequalled service, quality and range.


 

 

Our Team

Twins Kurt and Gunter Bogholz are best know to the VW and Buggy communities as the owners of Volks-Mod on Queensland’s Gold Coast. This well known business has been successfully servicing and repairing VW’s of all persuasions as well as building and modifying Beach Buggies. They have built various Meyers Manx’s and won a cabinet full of trophies for their work, but these boys don’t just build buggies that look good. Gunter has become well known amongst the drag racing fraternity and a big supporter of the new VW 1/8th mile drag racing event at Warwick each year, with impressive performances behind the wheel of his 1986 2.4 litre street buggy (more on this in another post). Gunter’s on track results have demonstrated how well he can build these little critters. Combined with Kurt’s love of the off roading scene in his purpose built Meyers Manx Green Machine (This awesome buggy has many awards/trophies and a magazine cover to its name. This will be profile in the future also!) which can handle any terrain the boys have proven to be a formidable duo.

 

Ferrari Spyder Replica

 

Ferrari fans probably remember the forgettable movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off better than cinema fans. That’s because the scene stealer was a stolen ’59 California Spyder that, among other misadventures, crashed through a plate-glass window. A little-known fact is that the stunt stand-in was a replica called the Modena. The company that manufactured this vehicle changed hands a few times, only to suffer an untimely demise due to poor management. Nothing was ever faulty about the car itself, so Bill Eikner and Louis Linxwiler Jr. of Precision Design, with the help of Mark Goyette, the Modena’s original designer and builder, have introduced an updated version called the GT250 California. And man are we glad, because this is one fabulous shape. Lines like these will always be in demand as long as there are folks who appreciate such graceful and classy styling. Note, however, that Precision’s body and trim are not exact copies of any single model year of the authentic item. Instead the company has merged the best elements that appeared on several versions from 1959 to 1963. Still, Precision preserved the precise tone and feel of the original, right down to the stippled, black dash, the Connolly biscuit-colored leather seats and the Beverly Hills bank carpet in the footwells. Not only that, the ride is just as rich, with a luxury feel that would make devout believers out of the most jaded and cynical critics of replicas. The car cruises smoothly and solidly at speed for grand touring in style. Since this particular vehicle was completed just in time for publication, no chassis tuning had been done yet. So we’ll have to hold off on specific suggestions about sway bars and the like and supply figures for acceleration and braking after further road testing. Still, our first impression is that Precision’s GT250 California delivers generously on the promise of its evocative and provocative form. The demo shown here was outfitted with a 289 Ford (personally wrenched on by Eikner for an output of about 300 hp) that uses street-ported 351W heads with roller rockers and an Edelbrock Performer manifold and 600cfm carb. Although he admits to having a bias toward Ford powerplants, at our suggestion Eikner made sure a Chevy 350 would have no trouble dropping onto the frame. He has also received inquiries about fitting Jaguar and Ferrari V12s into the engine bay, and these can probably be accommodated as well. With a small-block Ford, the car has more than adequate power if you keep in mind that this type of vehicle is not intended so much for baiting musclecars at stoplights as it is for gathering a crowd of inquisitive admirers. How much will this sort of allurement set you back? Surprisingly enough, the kit is pretty affordable, with an introductory price of only $9950. For this sum, you get a hand-laminated fiberglass body (with the hood, doors and trunk lid installed), a tubular, backbone-type frame, custom A-arms for the front suspension, a front grille, side intakes and a fuel cell. For $14,950, the Home Builder’s Kit adds items such as trim, hardware, tinted windows, suspension components, a steering rack and the like. The Deluxe Kit ($21,500) supplies virtually everything required to complete the vehicle, from the interior upholstery to the wiring harness to the complete Ford 8-inch rearend. These various stages of kits allow builders some flexibility. If they already have some components or can get a better price on them, their initial investments can obviously be kept lower. For those not inclined toward assembly, completed vehicles begin at a price of $42,000. While we’re on the subject of financial items, we should mention that Precision’s sales agreement includes arrangements to place deposits in escrow in a trust account, to be released only upon the final shipment of the order. (Kit customers who have been burned by unscrupulous companies will probably appreciate this feature the most.) And here’s a historical footnote. We discovered that the last original long-wheelbase version of the California Spyder was completed in February 1960 and sold to Mr. Robert Petersen of Los Angeles. (Ferrari built short-wheelbase models until 1963, with a total limited-production run of about 100 vehicles.) You may recognize that customer’s name as the founder of this magazine’s parent company, Petersen Publishing. Now we know what Mr. Petersen does on his day off Read more: http://www.kitcarmag.com/featuredvehicles/5531_ferrari_spyder_replica_kit/index.html#ixzz2130jwXHt

Factory Five – GTM

 

 

The factory Five GTM – What an amazing peice of machinery. Although it wasnt always smooth sailing for Dave Smith and the team at Factory Five. There were a lot to think about before embarking on this build. Here what dave had to say (via their website).

 

 

“The risks of designing our own supercar were huge. Automotive history has many examples of small companies whose reach exceeded their grasp. Companies like Tucker, Bricklin, DeLorean, Vector, and others had great ideas, but lacked the resources to fully execute. So with great care and planning, we designed the GTM over the process of five years”.

 

 

“We designed the GTM as a direct challenge to people like Ferrari dealers, who with manicured fingernails and straight faces charge people a premium to be on a waiting list, to join an exclusive club of unfriendly people who rarely drive their cars. We designed the GTM out of real pride, patriotism, and conceit. We wanted to show the world what we were truly capable of and we wanted to build a car that would kick everyone else’s arse”.

 

 

“In hind sight, I don’t know what I was so worried about. The car has come to symbolize Factory Five’s technological abilities. The car is drop-dead gorgeous and it runs with the very fastest supercars on the planet. Every drive in my GTM is accompanied by camera phones stuck out the window of other cars as I pass. But more than the rock star looks, this car is simply the most thrilling machine I’ve ever driven”.

 

 

The Factory Five GTM is a build-it-yourself supercar. Based on tough Corvette C5 running gear, and merged with lightweight composite body and extremely rigid tubular steel chassis, the car is our highest performance envelope vehicle.

 

 

Sensational, well engineered chassis makes the GTM's handling superb

Here what Larry Webster of Car & Driver Magazine had to say after jumping out of the GTM “…the car trips to 60 MPH in three seconds flat and clears the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds at 132 miles per hour. And that, amigos, is quicker than a Porsche Carrera GT, a Ferrari 599 Fiorano, and a Z06 Corvette.”  

 

 

 Then again, a little apprehension is not a bad thing to bring along in a car that rips to 60 mph in three seconds flat and clears the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds at 132 mph. And that, amigos, is quicker than a Porsche Carrera GT, a Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano, and, yes, a Z06. The GTM sticks, too, pulling 1.05 g on its grippy DOT race tires. It’s only in the braking department where the GTM isn’t a giant killer. Without anti-lock brakes, it required 166 feet to stop from 70 mph, about 10 more than you’d expect in a good sports car. Where else are you going to get that kind of smack for 60 grand?

 

 

 

A few things struck us as odd. First, there’s the same sort of chassis numbness that we’ve learned to deal with in Corvettes. Perhaps that’s not surprising since the GTM retains the Vette’s suspension pieces and bushings. Also, the steering, which uses a Maval rack without power assist, was a tad too heavy, which made us overcorrect when we goofed a corner. A power-steering system is in the works.

 

 

We’d also ask for a taller cockpit. The low roofline of the fiberglass body certainly looks terrific, but headroom is tight for anyone much over six feet, and the short windshield doesn’t provide the expansive view that one expects from a mid-engined car. The interior layout, however, works well, with plenty of legroom and a good relationship among the pedals, shifter, and steering wheel.

 

 

 

Although there are a few details such as the sharp, pointed edge of the door frame that gives away the GTM as something other than a production car, the driving experience is remarkably confidence inspiring for a vehicle so horrifically quick. The on-road ride is even acceptable.

 

 

Perhaps the best part of the GTM is that after blowing off pedigreed cars during a track day, the builder can make a boast no one else can: “I built it”.

 

 The GTM kit costs $19,990, but rather than rely on Mustang bits, it requires donor parts and a 350-hp engine from the more sophisticated C5 Corvette built between 1997 and 2004. Dave Smith says they’ve found suitable salvage C5s for about $10,000, and the best strategy is to buy a complete C5, strip off the parts you need, and sell the unused stuff on Ebay.

 

 The only other piece required is the transaxle from a 1987-98 Porsche 911. They’re pricey, about $2500. Once a paint job is added to the tally, a finished GTM can run in the vicinity of $40,000.

 

 

The team at Factory Five have done an excellent job with the Kit itself. We have all heard the story of the guy that bought a kit, only to find out later that what was in the ‘kit’ was only 10% of what is needed to complete the car. Having to go find all the bit and peices to finish a car like this would be a nightmare!

 

The GTM Supercar kit is engineered to be built as a chassis kit by a car guy at home with regular tools. The GTM kit gives you everything you need to build your car, except for select running gear parts taken from a 1997-2004 Chevrolet C5 Corvette. The major Corvette parts include the engine, front and rear control arms, suspension/brakes, and fuel tanks. The only exception is the transaxle, which is a Porsche 911 unit.

 

Here’s a list of what comes standard in the Factory Five Racing GTM Supercar kit.

 

 

Frame:
Computer (Solidworks® CAD) designed, ultra-rigid space frame. Mig-welded in computer designed jigs using precision laser-cut high strength mild-carbon steel. • • Design incorporates low center of gravity, with high strength.
• Surface finish is powder-coated in beautiful gloss black finish
• Integral 6 point roll cage with roof-contoured bars for additional headroom in cockpit
• Safety designed collapsible steering column, side impact bars, footbox steel surround, and front/rear crumple zones.
• Steel floor pans and integrated sheeted flat bottom design aides aero/downforce and improves safety.
• Welded mount plates “ready-to-bolt-on” for engine, transmission, pedal box, radiator, steering gear, suspension, and shift linkages.

 

 

Body:
Hand laid 3/16” laminate composite body panels made with vinylester resin and black gel coat. Hinged and lined rear hatch, doors, and nose. All parts are trimmed on a Fanuc RPT 5 axis robotic trimming machine.
• Body includes main cockpit and rear section with DOT glass window
• Nose and nose section liner, hinges with mount plates and gas strut hinge supports.
• RH, LH doors and door liners and hinges that mount to frame
• Rear molded hatch and liner with DOT glass window, bronze bushing hinges and frame mounts, gas strut supports
• Includes secondary body fasteners assembly.
• 1/4” rivnuts, and included rivnut tool
• Aluminum to body rubber seal, push-on trim
• Adhesive backed and foam weatherstrip
• Body fasteners

 

 

Chassis Aluminum Panels:
Includes over 80 CNC cut, pre-formed 6061 series aluminum panels for cockpit, trunk, radiator surround, engine bay and nose/splash guards.
• Over 1200 pre-packaged rivets1/8” short & long, 3/16” short & long
• Nose section and front-end aluminum assembly
• Radiator surround aluminum assembly
• Cockpit and footbox aluminum assemblies w/block-off plates and patch covers
• Aluminum diffuser strakes
• Aluminum rear bulkhead, access panels and tank covers
• Engine bay aluminum assembly with rear splash guards
• Under-carriage aluminum assembly

 

 

Front & Rear Suspension:
High quality Koni brand shocks and coil-over kits complement Corvette upper and lower control arms in front and rear. We include adapter brackets and grade-8 mounting hardware. Rear axle shafts and adaptor kit also included.
• Koni front damper kit (pair), shock (Koni 30-5436), threaded hat/coil-over kit, springs, fasteners and spacers
• Koni front damper kit (pair), shock (Koni 30-5436), threaded hat/coil-over kit, springs, fasteners and spacers
• Front and rear control arm hardware
• Rear CV components, including CV shafts, inner and outer boot kits, wheel spacers and lugnuts
• Transmission mount

 

 

Steering and Shift linkage kit:
High performance manual steering rack with tie rod end kit, fasteners, bushings and complete shift linkage and adapter kit for either Porsche or Mendeola gear boxes, and shift linkage parts from transmission to shifter rod.
• 15:1 Manual rack and pinion steering rack
• Steering rack bushings and sleeves
• GTM adjustable tie-rod end kit
• Steering column adapter plate and rack mounting hardware
• Upper steering shaft, male DD shaft, and universal joints, fasteners
• Steering bearings and hardware
• Steering and shifter linkage kit including 4 linkage shafts, spring pins, u-joints, flanged bearings and fasteners
• Embossed F5R steering wheel with fasteners

 

 

Fuel/Brake/Pedal Box Systems:
GTM kit comes with a Wilwood clutch and brake pedal assembly, triple master cylinders, brake lines and fittings. Kit also includes a ton of parts to adapt the brakes and twin fuel tanks from the Corvette to the GTM chassis. Kit includes…
• Wilwood pedal box, brake and clutch
• Master cylinders 3/4” bore
• Light switch and fasteners
• Clutch slave cylinder
• Stainless steel hoses, crush washers, banjo bolts and fasteners
• Aircraft style fuel filler caps (dual sides) w/filler necks and hose clamps
• Pre-flared fuel lines, adapters, and mounting brackets
• Braided stainless steel fuel tank cross-over hose with AN fittings and fasteners
• Fuel tanks components, 5/16” and 3/8” hard lines, high pressure hoses, clamps and fasteners
• Pre-flared brake lines, T-adapters, male and female unions, mount brackets

 

 

Cooling System/Parts:
The kit parts include everything you need to adapt the GM radiator like mounting hardware, radiator hoses, and all necessary fasteners.
• Stainless steel radiator hose kit
• 1/4” radiator to engine hose
• 1/2” top of overflow to radiator hose
• 3/4” overflow to engine hose
• 5/8” overflow to engine hose
• Fasteners to include insulated clamps, hose adaptors, and hose clamps
• 50” beaded aluminum tube, radiator send, 1.25” diam
• 50” beaded aluminum tube, radiator return, 1.5” diam

 

 

Misc. Engine Accessories/Exhaust Components:
The GTM kit includes full exhaust system, and a host of misc parts and assemblies you’ll need to install the Porsche transmission and Corvette engine.
• Intake relocation assembly
• Engine mount components, engine mount spacer, oil temp bypass, oil temp block-off, fasteners
• Air filter components, air filter, hose, hose clamps, and silicone reducer
• Transmission mount, removable frame, powdercoated
• Transmission mount components incl., speed sensor bracket and fasteners
• Full exhaust system minus manifolds for either 1990-200 OR 2001-2004 engines
• 1997-200 engine exhaust system OR 2001-2004 engine exhaust system
• GTM H-pipe
• Catalytic converters, LH/RH
• Gaskets and H-pipe hangers and hardware
• Exhaust tips

 

 

Misc Electrical Assembly:
GTM kit parts are included to adapt the Corvette computer (we will re-program it for free). We include a vast array of electrical parts, along with a full chassis wiring harness to make the dreaded electrical work easier to manage.
• 18 circuit chassis wiring harness and wire harness/computer mounting hardware with fasteners.
• Cardboard box w/return label for computer reprogramming
• Alternator relocation components
• Relocator bracket
• GTM 6 rib serpentine belt
• Pulley mounts, wheel and fasteners
• Tensioner pulley relocation bracket and fasteners
• Battery hold down kit, ground strap and 2 lug battery cables (2)
• Insulated line clip hardware and fasteners
• Misc. electrical components, 16 gauge wire, Red, Blue, Black, White, Grey, relays, sockets, fasteners, wire loom and serrated grommeting

 

 

Complete Interior Accessories:
The GTM kit comes with a full interior including, sport seats, carpeting, vinyl headliner and roll cage covers, covered interior panels, door panels, engine cover, rear bulkhead, dash assembly and carbon fiber dash face, complete custom Factory Five gauge set, and directional vents for heating and cooling. The covered interior pieces contrast with the carbon fiber gauge pod and functionally elegant layout of the interior. Standard parts include…
• Sport Seats, High-back w/side bolsters, and hardware, Black suede
• Complete Dash console, switches and gauges
• Dash center console
• Carbon fiber gauge pod, Driver side
• Vinyl covered passenger side dash pod
• Adjustable dash cooling/heating vents
• Fog lights and hazards switches
• Complete Custom Factory Five Gauge set
• Speedometer, electronic 200 mph
• Tachometer, 8,000 rpm•
• Oil Pressure Gauge, 0-100 psi
• Water Temp Gauge, 100-250 F
• Fuel Gauge
• Adapters, resistors, ring and butt connectors
• Green and Blue dash indicator lights
• Interior rear view mirror, 8” windshield mount
• Shifter handle, titanium shift knob and ring/boot cover
• GTM embossed steering wheel, 330 mm diam. Includes boss kit, and fasteners (listed previously)
• Covered interior engine cover (bulkhead) and fasteners
• Seat belt hardware
• Covered and molded door liners, LH/RH
• Headliner, grey, foam-backed
• Interior roll bar padding, front, drivers • and passenger sides
• Rear interior window, DOT glass, cockpit to engine bay with gaskets, weatherstrip and tool
• Door sill aluminum cover
• Power window switches
• Door frames, single claw door latches (interior) and weatherstrip
• Interior door handles, linkages and hinges (listed previously)
• Covered interior panels for rear cockpit wall, transmission tunnel, cockpit side walls/footboxes
• Full interior carpet set, black

 

 

Exterior Accessories and Lighting:
The stunning exterior lines are complemented by high-end components that finish off a beautiful and functional exterior. GTM kit comes with the following exterior parts and trim items.
• Carbon fiber exterior rear diffuser (downforce generating)
• Headlamp bucket assembly with lexan cover, composite bucket and fasteners
• Halogen headlight units with separate high and low beam lenses and headlight plug kit with terminals and seals
• Fog lights and fog light mount kit w/fasteners
• Front turn signals and hardware
• Dual rear red tail-lights stop/tail and reverse/turn, w/bulbs, pods, and mounting hardware
• License plate bracket (rear) and fasteners
• GTM Badges Assembly includes rear deck lettering, nose badge and GTM tail logo badge
• GTM main body mesh assembly
• Radiator inlet and outlet, perforated screen mesh
• Front brake duct, perforated screen mesh, LH/RH
• Rear brake duct, perforated screen mesh, LH/RH
• Side Intake perforated screen mesh, LH/RH
• Rear hatch cooling vents, perforated screen mesh LH/RH
• Exhaust vent perforated screen mesh, LH/RH
• Rear glass hatch/window, hinged, DOT tempered glass
• Rear hatch fasteners and latch, handle, pins, release cable and mounts
• Rear side qtr windows, DOT glass LH/RH
• Side windows, DOT glass windows
• Door frames, fasteners and window track adhesive
• Windshield wiper assembly parts, reservoir, 22” wiper arm/blade, linkage, tubing, jam nuts and spacers, wheelbox,
• Brackets and fasteners
• Twin flush-mount fuel caps (listed in fuel system)

 

 

Fasteners:
Over 1500 top quality zinc plated, chrome and stainless steel USS and SAE fasteners, numbered and packed individually by assembly.

 

 

GTM Assembly Manual:
Bound assembly manual that is over 600 pages long.

 

You can see by the above list, a lot of thought has gone into providing an well designed, engineered supercar at a very affordable price. However, more importantly they have packaged it in a way that limits the challenges for the home builder.

 

 

Definately worth checking out the Factory Five GTM if your looking for a supercar with a WOW factor….. Just without the $400,000 price tag!

 

 

 

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Roaring Forties – GT40

 

Low volume ‘kit cars’ seldom deliver the driving or handling refinement of their mass-produced rivals. They’re usually blighted by lack of budget and expertise to develop and finesse such niceties as properly-weighted steering response, correct spring and shocker rates and overall chassis refinement – often because it’s not possible to build any two cars the same.

The problem is that the driving enthusiasts who pawn their lives to fund such emotion-charged projects rarely have the technical background or resources to back their dreams, while the engineers who pursue their lifelong ambition to create their own car are rarely top drivers and lack that critical input.

However thanks to the involvement of two-time Bathurst winner John Bowe, Melbourne’s Roaring Forties have been able to leap both hurdles with the latest incarnation of their RF GT40 replica.

Roaring Forties already had the technical runs on the board as two of its directors, Jonathan Klopsteins and chief engineer Paul Bottomley, had prior experience with Prodrive/FPV and Holden respectively.

Under their influence over the past three years, the RF GT40 replicas have morphed into very sophisticated vehicles that are now fitted with modern Ford steering and suspension components, rather than the Cortina and Escort-sourced parts of the originals. Even more significantly, they are designed to accommodate the latest emission-compliant FPV 5.4 litre Modular 260kW and 290kW engines and are set up to employ the six-speed Getrag transaxle.

The next area they focused on improving was the car’s suspension. The early cast-iron front uprights were becoming difficult to source and as Bottomley had a great deal of experience with the design and manufacture of such components (including those used on the Elfin MS8), he decided to make an RF GT40 specific aluminium upright from a clean sheet design.

This approach gave Roaring Forties the freedom to ensure that the best suspension geometry was imbedded in the design, but to achieve this they needed expert driver input. Enter John Bowe.

JB first drove an early Roaring Forties car around seven years ago while doing a story for Unique Cars and felt it was a bit under-done in its suspension and chassis set-up. The steering was heavy, the car didn’t have the balance he wanted and he had some issues with its suspension geometry.

So when Klopsteins contacted him and asked for his advice, he was keen to help. Initially Bowe tested an RF GT40 at one of his John Bowe Driving Days, but then extended his programme to include ride and handling tests on public roads and the Baskerville, Symmons Plains, Winton and Sandown circuits, using two variations of geometry and several different tyre compounds and constructions.

His feedback would have been relatively worthless without Roaring Forties’ ability to produce millimetre-accurate chassis.

Thanks to rapid prototyping by RapidPro, CAD modeling and the highly accurate laser cut manufacture, Roaring Forties were able to change the car’s suspension uprights to a completely new design, yet retain the car’s original pick-up points, ensuring the changes can be retro-fitted to earlier RF GT40s.

Slipping alongside JB into the snug cockpit of the blue and silver development car at Sandown you could sense he is proud of his work.

“I loved working with these guys because they are academically trained and what they are doing is based on sound engineering principles,” he said. “It was like working with a V8 Supercar team, rather than just a bunch of enthusiasts.

“Initially we developed a track set-up, then worked on road set-ups, using many of the roads we used to test the Tickford FPV cars I worked on. Basically the aim was to make it more driver friendly.”

Out on the Sandown circuit and JB was clearly in his element and having fun.

“These cars have a great nostalgia factor. They look like they have just stepped off the grid at Le Mans in 1966 yet you can spec them up with all the latest gear so they are as fast as a modern supercar.

“In fact with the work that we have done, they are a real alternative to a Ferrari or Lamborghini as a track day car and turn just as many heads. I’ll go out on a limb and say the Roaring Forties is better than many of the established players.

“Yet it’s now also very much at home on the road and you can use it to take your wife or kids to the shops – but not both!”

He recalls some tests he did for Roaring Forties on a private road where he was able to drive comfortably with one hand on the steering wheel at around 220-230km/h.

“The clutch is not at all heavy and the steering is also much lighter and has a good centre point and feel. It’s off a modern Ford now and doesn’t have power assistance, but it doesn’t need it.”

We explore a few corners at Sandown, braking late into the apex, then powering through with the car feeling rock steady on its road rubber.

“It points much better now,” he said. “The different uprights and geometry have made a big difference and this car has the Koni shocker option.”

Cresting the back straight and diving deep into Dandenong Road corner under brakes, there’s never a doubt that the car will pull up.

“They are proper racing brakes,” said JB. “It stops, goes and handles now like a real thoroughbred.”

A total of 176 chassis have now been completed since Roaring Forties began building its GT40 replicas in Dromana back in 1996, with 26 of them leaving the company’s new Thomastown, Melbourne factory since the current team rescued the company from receivership in 2006.

Basically a Roaring Forties GT40 costs what you can afford. Customers are given a speadsheet with a list of options and go from there. A basic RF GT40 kit – they can’t build turn-key cars at their level of kit component manufacture – will allow you to built a road-legal car and starts at around $100,000 plus GST, but you can spend double that if you tick all the boxes.

Most enthusiastic buyers complete the cars themselves, but Roaring Forties can recommend build services for the more daunting bits – body prep and paint are typically outsourced for example – to complete the job professionally.

 

Fast Facts

 

Roaring Forties RF40

 Body: two-seater coupe, fibreglass or kevlar

Weight: 1200kg (approx.)

Engine: Ford 5.4-litre V8; 5.4-litre V8 supercharged; Ford 302 Windsor V8

Power/torque: 260kW/290kW (5.4); 373kW/450kW (5.4 S/C)

Transmission: 6-speed Getrag

Drivetrain: mid-engine, RWD

Price: Base chassis kit starts at $18,178 plus GST. Complete base car around $100,000 plus GST (excludes paint and tyres.)