It’s more than 40 years that Caroll Shelby and his team cooperate with car company Ford. His concepts and realizations are aimed at creation and tuning of sport cars. In this case, it is GT. As far back as last year‘s summer, study of this super sport car was introduced on Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance event. They planned to manufacture only a few of them, therefore it is natural that price of this car is yet climbing to astronomic numbers. Designers were inspired by Ford GT, by legendary Cobra and added something from English design elements. Let’s take a closer look at this strong American jockbelt.
Yet the retro-curves and overall look at the car introduces us perfectly thought-out project of designers. In this case it was young George Saridakis, who has rich experiences in design and is still waiting for many of his future professional achievements. The car itself has gentle lines but as a whole it acts as aggressive. The car mask warns us that it yearns to swallow the air in order to tame those 605 horse powers under the hood. They can heat up the hood in less than 4 s – at that time car is running at speed 100kph. Maximum speed of this brawny American is more than 320 kph. Torque of 679 Nm by 5500 rpm (with limiter easily 7500)., 6.4 liter all-aluminum 10-cylinder which drives the rear axle and chassis standing on 19-inch alloy discs in tires with dimensions 275/40 R19 (front) a 345/35 R19 (rear) are sufficient argument to assign this car to flying ground arrows GT. Dimensions of Ford Shelby GR-1 are 4413 x 1834 x 1168 mm (l.w.h), axle base 2540 mm and shift of cabin rearwards indicate that car weight is almost balanced to 50:50 on each axle.
Photogallery of Ford Shelby GR-1:
Let’s return to the bodywork design. Since it is the retro-design, the car is distinctive with a progressive, sharp cut of rear part. Headlights and vents of openings and outlets are designed in fashion and here and there they remind us elements taken over from Aston Martin. Tetrad of exhausts looking at us from under the rear bumper, vertical door opening and open front hood in retro-style impress with mixed sensation, which would charm every motorism enthusiast. Modification of this car is hard to define. There is almost nothing left to modify. Black grill is a natural thing, glazed exhausts and finally all-aluminum body, which is precious among collectors. Body is so glittering, that it couldn’t be further polished ;-). Interior of car is luxurious and there’s nothing to reproach. Also here we can find aluminum, moreover there’s soft leather with edged leather, so there’s no need for further flocking.
Alluminium Ford Shelby GR1 pictures:
To sum up everything, the cars with mark Shelby are excellent sport products for the world-wide trade. They are qualitative and reliable, and question if the consumption is too high or if you have to pay high tax or insurance (according to volume of engine) are irrelevant when talking about price of this car, if the luxury is most important for you (or American market). This implies that American cars are great consumers (like all sport cars) and this luxury is intended to rich people all over the world. Also thanks to them the car development keeps moving forward.