The CAV GT40 OZ Edition is not just a car… it's a work of art.
Author: PAUL HEWITT
Welcome to GT40 Australasia. We are the Australian/NZ distributor of the South African based Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV) GT40 replica.
The owner, Paul Hewitt, has owned and operated various businesses over many years from a service station to his own aviation company inc flying training (Paul has a Commercial Pilot’s License and a RAAUS flight instructor rating)…. he even built his own Searey amphibious aircraft! However his real passion has always been cars hence one of his businesses was importing sports cars such as Nissan Skylines, Toyota Supras & Nissan 300ZX’s from Japan and now his new automotive venture is the CAV GT40.
Paul has always wanted to own a GT40 and with factory original GT40’s selling for over $11 million dollars, the next best thing of course is a GT40 replica!
Paul spent a lot of time researching numerous replica manufacturers both in Australia and overseas before finally deciding that the CAV GT40.
Why the CAV? Well what impressed Paul the most was quality and safety of the stainless steel monocoque chassis followed by the attention to detail of the rest of the build process therefore he believes it is the best replica on the market at the best price. Also the fact that you can choose an option where your CAV GT40 comes fully painted to your choice of colour scheme… an answer to an issue with many replica car builders due to the difficulty of doing it themselves or the expense of having someone else do it for them. Starting out as an automotive spraypainter by trade, Paul knows better than most what a tremendous advantage this is over other replicas.
After numerous communications over many months with Jordi Reddy, CEO of CAV, Paul hopped on a plane and flew to Cape Town to check out the CAV GT40 for himself. He found that the CAV GT40 was even better than Jordi had described and was so impressed with Jordi and the CAV GT40 that he went ahead and ordered his own GT40 demonstration vehicle and signed up as CAV’s sole Australian/New Zealand distributor.
Paul is now waiting for his GT40 kit to be hand built and will keep the importation and construction journey up to date on this website.
Well the other half of my brakes have arrived from CAV and Jordi has delivered again by manufacturing very professional radial brackets and rotor hats to suit. I am hoping to have it on the road before Christmas so watch this space!
When I ordered my demo CAV GT40 OZ Edition the standard brake package supplied with the kit were Wilwoods. Just before it was due to ship out of South Africa I read that some Australian engineers won’t sign out Wilwoods because they don’t have dust seals fitted to their calipers and I obviously didn’t want a situation where the brake package didn’t comply with the ADR’s.
My engineer was on holiday and not contactable so I couldn’t confirm if this was correct so I thought it would be best to delete the brake package from my order and deal with the brakes later seeing that it is one of the last parts fitted.
I continued with my build and was looking at other brake options such as Brembo, AP, and Baer when I discovered that Wilwood had decided to add dust seals on some of it’s calipers...”The addition of Wilwood’s exclusive wiper dust seal allows these calipers to be used in areas that may mandate environmental sealing.”
In conjunction with Jordi Reddy, CEO of CAV, we decided on which Wilwood dust seal brake package was the best option and I ordered them from the US in January 2021.
Because the new calipers were considerably different to the Wilwoods that were designed to fit the CAV uprights, Jordi had to design some new radial brackets and rotor hats to suit.
As Jordi only needed half the brake package to design the new parts, I shipped half to him inn South Africa and the other half to me in Australia. However there was a long hold up with getting the brake package out of the US as there has been a big backlog of orders at Wilwood due to Covid.
Jordi finally received his half mid June and I received mine late June. Jordi didn’t waste any time in designing the brackets however again due to Covid, the machinist took some time to manufacture them.
The good news is that they are now ready to ship and I should have them in the next couple of weeks.
Hopefully my next post will be when I have fitted the brake package to my car and I can finally get it on the ground and driveable… exciting!
Finally got around to buying some tyres as looking forward to actually getting this beast on the ground!
Like many things there is a tyre shortage in Australia especially for fairly uncommon sizes like my 315/35/17’s on the rear. The 225/45/17’s for the front are easy to find and reasonably priced. Other than my preferred look and to be able to fit bigger brakes, reasonable cost was also a factor in choosing 17′ wheels.