Shelby GR-1 (2005): the Ford GT that never was

With a all-new Ford GT in the making, does not seem to be time of grief. But what is certain is that seeing these images, the sports even 11 years after it was designed still looks highly topical, we can’t help but lament the fact that Ford does not approve the coming into production of the Shelby GR-1. This could have been the real respite of the Ford GT of the TWENTY-first century. But in its place the contemporary remake of the Ford GT would be manufactured a year later, to be made to beg for an entire decade until finally we met the Ford GT 2016 (see “background”). What happened during all these years for the Shelby GR-1 did not reach production?

The Shelby GR-1 was the result of the success that it already had the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept 2004, commissioned by Ford to the company built by the late Carroll Shelby to create a prototype that rememorase the greatness of the Shelby Cobra.

The boom interest in returning to the spirit of the great classics and translate them into a modern sports would lead to Ford to give the green light to a project that began with the sketches of George Saridakis, a young designer from the design studio of Ford in Irvine. That sketch liked it so much her superiors that she would soon receive the green light to take it a step further, to translate those sketches into definitive designs, and designs to create a mock-up of mud at real scale.

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to Coincide with those years in which it was marketed the remake of the Ford GT40 of the sixties, Ford was still exploring new possibilities. The Shelby GR-1 actually asked to recall the aesthetics of the Shelby Daytona Coupe of 1964. We were at a sporting spectacular, with a longer snout, a behind kammback stylized, two-seater, and a few doors scissor spectacular.

Sharing basis and mechanics, this could well have been the next big sport Ford after the Ford GT. In those years there was even talk of the possibility of reaching out to the street with an engine of eight cylinders in vee, and more than 600 HORSEPOWER, in figures similar to V10 engine of 6.4 liters and 605 CV riding the original prototype. We think that it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and exceed 320 km/h. Figures are non-negligible.

But as considered from Road & Track, and despite the fact that Ford would stop falling at some point that this prototype could reach the street, the new sports would not pass the feasibility studies of the brand, and probably would have required too many technical changes, and to the dessert aesthetic, which had made its appearance distase much of the view in this prototype.

The prototype you see on these lines would be current again in 2011. And is that Ford decided to auction in Monterey with a charitable cause, to raise funds for the research of juvenile diabetes. Even taking into account that it was a prototype inert, without a license to drive it, and to make matters worse, without engine, transmission, or interior coverings, Ford estimated that its sales could reach the 140,000€, although in the end it would sell for much less, by 82.500 dollars.


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