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(from Ford Press
Release) Ford took the occasion of the world's foremost
showcase of automotive splendor, the Pebble Beach Concours
d'Elegance, to unveil the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept, calling the new
sports car a salute to "performance art."
The Ford Shelby GR-1 is a uniquely emotional American sports car
design that makes a bold statement about Ford's performance future.
"The Ford Shelby Cobra concept was a small step in our plans for the
Ford GT supercar architecture and our relationship with Carroll
Shelby," says J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president of
Global Design. "And the Ford Shelby GR-1 is a giant leap toward the
The GR-1 concept takes the performance car genre in a new direction
combining modern sculptured surfaces in a sleek muscular fastback
design. The result is a forward-looking supercar with attention
grabbing Ford presence and Carroll Shelby inspiration.
The Ford Shelby GR-1 is a front-engined, two-seat, fastback supercar
that is based on the architecture of the Ford GT.
Ford and Carroll Shelby
More than 42 years after
their original agreement to produce performance cars, Ford Motor
Company and Carroll Shelby are back together producing production
and concept cars. Shelby, a former race car driver and creator of
numerous collectable performance cars returned to collaboration with
Ford in the design of the 2005 Ford GT, which goes on sale this
Shelby worked closely with the Ford Design team and Advanced Product
Creation group to develop the Ford Shelby Cobra concept car. In
addition, Shelby will produce a high-performance, limited edition,
Shelby Ford Expedition, for sale through select dealers next year.
Racing inspired and
wholly modern in design, this show car builds on the success of the
Ford Shelby Cobra concept - the 2004 North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS) "Best in Show" winner - and reinforces Ford's
on-going commitment to performance excellence.
The Ford Shelby GR-1 concept is a sinewy, athletic design with a
dramatic front engine proportion. The long hood blends seamlessly
into the teardrop-shaped cabin while the dramatic fenders dart
rearwards into curvaceous haunches thrusting the car forward and
enhancing the aggressive stance and width.
The car looks as if it is in motion, even when standing still. The
optimized wheel arches and compact overhangs define the dramatic
proportion while the sensual surfaces express the car's athletic
nature. A chiseled physique is achieved with sheer and full surfaces
working together, interfacing one another in harmonious lines such
as the strong shoulder line orbiting the car's form.
The front of the GR-1 is dominated by an impressive air intake
aperture and air flow splitter, directing cooling air into the
engine bay and wheel wells, while air vents on the top surface of
the hood exhaust hot air from the radiator.
The V10 engine pushes unashamedly upwards into the hood's surface
exposing prominent bulges - a potent reminder of the car's powerful
performance - while air vents at the base of the front screen allow
the motor to breathe. Intakes and vents perforate the body side and
Kamm tail, further exhausting hot air out of the vehicle.
The front corners of the GR-1 are dominated by the front wheel well
and trapezoidal HISS (high intensity solid state) and LED headlamps.
The distinctive Kamm tail, a strong concave section, is further
defined by the bold vertical tail lights at the rear.
A visor-like side glass graphic gives a hint of the dramatic motion
of the butterfly-hinged doors.
The race-inspired, ultimate high performance, Ford Shelby GR-1 is
the next chapter in a long line of emotionally-charged Ford supercar
Building Another Showstopper
Ford worked closely with
Carroll Shelby to develop the Ford Shelby Cobra concept for the 2004
North American International Auto Show. The show car was the
brainchild of Ford's Advanced Product Creation Group, engineered in
Michigan and designed in California, a partnership which is charged
with developing future car concepts and technologies with an eye
toward production possibilities. The group used the Ford GT
architecture and fully engineered the Ford Shelby Cobra concept. For
demonstration purposes, two chassis were ordered for the Cobra
concept, but only one show car was built.
Before body panels were even created, the fully-operational running
chassis was test-driven at high speeds at Ford's Dearborn Proving
Ground. So pleased were Ford officials with the concept's chassis
that they took the extra demonstration chassis and went to work on
another concept before the Ford Shelby Cobra concept was unveiled in
The Ford Shelby Cobra and its predecessor, the Ford GT were hits of
the two previous North American International Auto Shows. The Ford
Design team was challenged to follow-up with another exciting
In the Irvine Advanced
Design Studio, George Saridakis, a young designer, new to Ford in
2000, was known for his contributions in executing the details of
some of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury's latest production and concept
Saridakis created a sketch that caught the attention of the Irvine
team and resonated with Mays.
"George produced this completely resolved sketch - the best I've
seen in 10 years," says Mays. "When I saw it, it wasn't a matter of
'Let's do more sketches.' It was really more of a 'Let's get this
Remarkably, only the original sketch of the car, in three
perspectives, was created.
"George nailed it in one crack," Mays opines. "This is a designer so
masterful at visualizing every aspect of the car and its story that
it literally flowed out of his pen. And because the design is so
pure, we really believe this show car will be a hit."
Ford Shelby GR-1 Preliminary
(Measurements in inches, unless otherwise
Width 74.6 (1834mm)
Height 46.0 (1168mm)
Wheelbase 100 (2540mm)
Track Front 63.0 (1598mm)
Track Rear 61.3 (1558mm)
Front Overhang 35.6 (903mm)
Rear Overhang 38.2 (970mm)
Min. Ground Clearance 5.9 (150mm)
Curb Weight 3900 lbs est.
Tire Size 275/40/R19 front 345/35/R19 rear
Engine Ford 6.4L V10
Max RPM 7500RPM
Horsepower 605 @ 6750RPM
Torque 501lb/ft @ 5550RPM
Transmission 6-speed transaxle with LSD
Final Drive Ratio 3.36:1