Have you ever wondered what it would have looked like if Ford made the mid-engine Mustang? We haven’t done that until recently, but this one-time creation is a pretty good guess.
It’s called Mach 40, and it’s basically a hybrid between a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang and a first-generation Ford GT. It just wasn’t built by Ford. This was a private affair.
The Mach 40 project is the brainchild of Terry Lipscombe, an engineer whose curiosity and passion did not seem to be acquired when he moved into retirement.
Hire Mike Mernick to design the car, Eckert’s Rod & Custom to make the modifications, and Hardison Metal Shaping to craft the bodywork.
The low-hanging car has a height of just 43 inches (109 cm), slightly higher than the original GT40 that inspired its creation. But that’s still marginally lower than the heights of newer Ford GTs. It is a feat that was only possible by moving the engine to the rear.
Lift that windshield and you won’t find the 5.8 liter V8 from the original Mach 1, as it was very difficult to flip. Instead, they installed a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 from the 2006 Ford GT. And they didn’t leave it in stock form either: They gave it up to 850 horsepower, with flex-fuel capability to allow it to burn ethanol where it was available.
All this makes one very interesting set of wheels. No wonder the programmers at Sony and Polyphony Digital saw fit to include it in the latest Gran Turismo Sport update. Which is a good thing, too, because with only one example ever made, this is as close as any of us can get to driving this one-of-a-kind machine.