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January 11, 2005

Ford Shelby GR-1 is a salute to "performance art"

Detroit, Michigan - Ford showed its two-seat Shelby GR-1 supercar prototype with a 605-horsepower, 390-cubic-inch all-aluminum V-10 engine, a road-tested version of the Ford GT suspension and a stunning new polished-aluminum body. The Ford Shelby GR-1 was first unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, 2004.

Ford Shelby GR-1 concept

Ford Shelby GR-1 concept
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"Last year's Ford Shelby Cobra roadster concept only hinted at the possibilities for the Ford GT supercar architecture and our relationship with Carroll Shelby. The Ford Shelby GR-1 concept provides another glimpse at what the future could hold," said J Mays, Ford Group Vice President of Design and Chief Creative Officer.

The Shelby GR-1 concept's name pays tribute to both a performance great and "Group Racing." "With a smooth, shimmering aluminum skin, the new Ford Shelby GR-1 concept is a rolling sculpture whose beautiful, flowing lines belie the raw, beastly V-10 wedged under the hood," says J Mays, group vice president of Design and chief creative officer. "This concept shifts gears and takes Ford's performance car future into a new direction."

The Shelby GR-1 starts with a modified version of the aluminum chassis from the rear-engine Ford GT. Overall, the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept is more than two feet shorter than the Ford GT, with a wheelbase nearly seven inches shorter. The track width has been reduced by more than an inch.

A double-wishbone suspension design with unequal-length aluminum control arms, coil-over monotube shocks and stabilizer bars is used front and rear. The Shelby GR-1 concept sits on 19-inch, 12-spoke milled aluminum wheels and features Goodyear 275/40R-19 tires in the front and 345/35R-19 tires in the rear, mated with the unique Tire IQ system, which allows the driver to monitor precise tire performance.

Ford engineers created a new aluminum-block V-10 to power last year's Ford Shelby Cobra concept. This 390 cubic inch, 6.4-liter engine, reprised for service in the Shelby GR-1 concept, has 605 horsepower and 501 foot-pounds of torque without the aid of supercharging or turbocharging. It is a concept car that can actually do, rather than merely promise, 0-60 in under four seconds, and would exceed 200 mph if not electronically limited.

The Shelby GR-1 concept could succeed the Ford GT once its production cycle concludes.

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