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Joining a select group of vehicles that put the pedal to the medal this year, the Superformance-built GT40 MKII 50th Anniversary Edition recently placed on Autoblog.com's '22 Most Powerful Cars We Drove in 2016' list. The custom sports car was crafted to celebrate Ford's 1966 win at Le Mans with Carroll Shelby.

Watch Ford's homage to Le Mans in the video below:

 

With 550-horsepower and an impressive curb weight of approximately 2,500 pounds, the Shelby GT40 packs a punch. Its ability to propel from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds is notable; its specially crafted aluminum-block 427 FE V8 makes it stand out. For fans of the uniquely built GT40, Superperformance will construct only 20 of the MKII anniversary editions, which will incorporate a right-hand drive layout with a right-hand shift setup - one that emulates those used by Le Mans drivers in the races. According to Autoblog.com, "These cars are about as close as you can get to the real thing because 90 percent of the parts are interchangeable with the original, including the steel monocoque. However, there are a few modern luxuries for added comfort like air conditioning and an adjustable pedal box."

Shelby enthusiasts who were interested in the GT40, but not necessarily ready to reserve one of the 20 for themselves, had the rare opportunity to view one of the replicas at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in early January 2016. Missed the auction, but want to learn more about the GT40? Talk to any of our representatives at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.