RE: Ford Shelby GR-1

RE: Ford Shelby GR-1

Friday 13th August 2004

Ford Shelby GR-1

Very sexy new 600bhp concept from Ford


Ford have unveiled a new interpretation of their GT supercar, built in conjunction with Carroll Shelby. The new Ford Shelby GR-1 concept was unveiled at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

"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."

The Ford Shelby GR-1 is a front-engined, two-seat, fastback supercar that is based on the architecture of the Ford GT.

The front of the GR-1 is dominated by a larg 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 6.4 litre V10 engine (605bhp) pushes 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.

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 concept.

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 designs.

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 into clay.'"

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."

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Murcielago

Original Poster:

952 posts

203 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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:drool: That looks fantastic. and 605bhp!!!!

martin robson

23 posts

194 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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WOW, thats amazing, its like a Cobra Daytona with a hint of GT and then thoroughly modernised. It looks fantastic.

DustyC

12,786 posts

205 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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She is a beauty! Wow!

TimW

3,848 posts

198 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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burnt

1,353 posts

200 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Typical new age retro american big car historic styling if you ask me.

Front end is a bit Aston, but then again they do own them.

Marki

15,763 posts

221 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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that is georgous , what a beast

Nano2nd

3,216 posts

207 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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sweet, lets just hope Clarkson doesn't get his hands on one!

bar_steward

291 posts

226 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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I wish my pen was that pure!

>> Edited by bar_steward on Friday 13th August 11:41

sagalout

9,184 posts

233 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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orgasmic.
but there are bits of a number of 60's & 70's designs in there if i could only think what they were.

Marki

15,763 posts

221 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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sagalout said:
orgasmic.
but there are bits of a number of 60's & 70's designs in there if i could only think what they were.



I think its got a lot of Mustang DNA Mach 1 and back
to the original

lanciachris

3,357 posts

192 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Bitsa if you ask me... and rear visibility appears to be absent. And the windscreen size looks tiny, possibly even beating the 2cv...

Alex Gurr

414 posts

198 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Ford are really on a role - let's just hope they actually make it

se6b

1,306 posts

209 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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sagalout said:
orgasmic.
but there are bits of a number of 60's & 70's designs in there if i could only think what they were.




Maserati I think?

groomi

9,201 posts

194 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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A Stunning car for sure, but i beg to differ with J Mays (Sorry Sir). I think a bit more time should have been refining the air intake / outlet details rather than massaging Mr greek sounding designers ego.

Hey, but I'm not a bitter, envious failed car-designer, so it doesn't matter. Oh, actually I am

martin robson

23 posts

194 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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There is certainly more than a hint of this in there:



Shelby Cobra Daytona Le Mans Coupe

ultimarobert

110 posts

202 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Wish they would have put the GT90 into production and dropped the new GT40 and this as well. American-retro, all of it.

White_van_man

3,846 posts

200 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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:drool: i want one, that looks stunning

vadim69

23 posts

211 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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did I hear Jeremy Clarcksons head banging against the ceiling?

toppstuff

13,697 posts

198 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Nice . Like it.

Much better attempt than the very lazy GT ( GT40) copy recently put out there.

NST

1,510 posts

194 months

Friday 13th August 2004
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Fantastic! i so want one