Meet The One Of A Kind Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Platform Model
As you already know this conceptual sports car is built by Ford. It was revealed to the public back in 2005 at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. Despite the name says Shelby, it is fully developed and designed by Ford. It came with an inspiration from Shelby as a brand. Ford Motor Company and Shelby are still working together for more than 50 years. For all these years the collaboration between these two companies manufactured lots of race and street cars. Some of their production cars are considered to be the best that America has ever met.
There is one car – Ford Shelby Cobra concept, that marks the beginning of this project. The creation of the Ford Shelby GR-1. The idea behind that vehicle was to create a real beast. This project was actually lead by a third company – Advanced Product Creation group. Finally this concept was brought to life by another company. There was one junior design at this time, George Saridakis, who was workin at Irvine Advanced Design Studio. This guy had made a sketch that attracted the attention of Ford`s head designer J. Mays.
A total of 3 sketches were made for the concept car. This hell of a sports car is supposed to be based on the Ford GT chassis. The car is designed to be equipped with a 6.4L all-aluminum V10 engine under the hood. That is something different from the Ford GT platform that is actually a mid-engine sports car. The output of this Ford Shelby GR-1 concept platform model engine is 605 horsepower and 501 lb·ft of torque. All that power is transmitted to the wheels via 6-speed manual transmission. When you look at that car you already know this is a real speed monster even when it is parked.
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Finally there is only one car manufactured and it was sold or $82,500 back in the days. All money from the transaction was designated to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.