August 13, 2004

Ford unveils Shelby GR-1 concept coupe

Shelby GR-1 concept coupe

Shelby GR-1 concept coupe

Shelby GR-1 concept coupe
Carroll Shelby and the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept. Click image to enlarge

Pebble Beach, California – Ford unveiled the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept sports coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Friday. The Ford Shelby GR-1 is a front-engined, rear-drive, two-seat fastback that is based on the architecture of the Ford GT.

The GR-1 features a 605 horsepower 6.4 litre V10 engine with 501 ft-lb of torque at 5,550 rpm, a six-speed manual transmission, and 275/40R-19 inch performance tires in front and 345/35R-19 inch tires at the rear.

“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 future.”

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 summer. He 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.

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