Each year for the past 10 years creator of the Gran Turismo videogame series, Kazunori Yamauchi, has chosen one car shown at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) to feature in the next addition of the racing sim.
This year, Yamauchi chose a heavily modified 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to be featured in the next version of Gran Turismo (most likely called Gran Turismo 6). The car started life as a typical ’69 Ford Mustang, but its roof, hood, and rear were reshaped by hand to accommodate a Ford GT powertrain.
The so-called Mustang Mach 40 is powered by a 5.4 liter supercharged V8 producing 850 hp. The car rides on modified Corvette C6 suspension.
The most significant change to the one time Mach 1 is the relocation of the engine to the middle. Creator of the Mustang Mach 40, David Eckert, spent three years fabricating the car and decided he wanted the performance of a super car with the look and feel of a 60’s era muscle car. So naturally, the engine needed to be relocated.
Unlike most other crazy creations at SEMA, fans of the Mach 40 will get a chance to see how it drives when Gran Turismo 6 is released most likely within the next few years.
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