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This is what you need to know about the Iconic GTR: 800 horsepower and 2,200 pounds. Claudio Ballard's dream was to blend the best of modern tech with the best of classic design, and the result is a roadster that takes many of its design cues -- and its monumental power-to-weight ratio -- from another iconic car, the Shelby Cobra. In this case, a carbon fiber body meets F1 tech, heated and cooled carbon fiber seats and synthetic sapphire in the dash. But again, we all know what this car is really about: 724 horsepower/ton. Yeah. Production of the 100 GT's that will grace the planet is to begin in the fall. If you want one, give Mr. Ballard a call once you get your hands on $600,000. Follow the jump for the specs and press release, and check out the hi-res galleries of pics below.



Visionary Custom Car Builder Combines High-End Design, Exquisite Detailing and Innovative Technology

Long Island, N.Y. (March 19, 2008) – The GTR Roadster by Iconic Motors will make its world auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show. A truly groundbreaking automobile, the Iconic GTR boasts 18 pending U.S. patents, a chassis made of high strength chromoly, a carbon fiber passenger tub and carbon fiber body panels, and a high performance air management system with under body inverted carbon fiber wings designed to generate more than 500 pounds of down force at 175 miles per hour.

The Iconic GTR's 1950s inspired body design features many panels constructed of a poly silicate matrix sandwiched between two layers of carbon fiber that results in an incredibly strong light weight and rigid body. With its carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb reinforced chassis having over 20,000 pounds of torsional rigidity, the GTR offers a level of performance handling that rivals that found in many modern race cars.

"I have wanted to build a car that combines the latest innovative technologies with the most exquisite detailing, design and all out performance since the day I began reading car magazines as a kid," said Claudio Ballard, the inventor and visionary behind the GTR Roadster. "Everything from the custom-built, heated and cooled carbon fiber seats to the computerized gas cap that slides open like the glass on a moon roof embodies my vision."

From its luxurious leather and suede hand-stitched interior to its hand-assembled 420-cid/800-horsepower naturally aspirated V-8 engine, the vehicle is a rolling showcase for revolutionary technology shrouded in a racecar. The entire nose clip swings up and forward to reveal the highly detailed engine compartment, showcasing a custom-fabricated engine built to super car racing standards featuring titanium valves, high strength light weight stainless and aluminum components throughout along with the very latest in high performance friction reduction technology. The patent pending shifter mechanism is specifically designed to display its inner workings as a beautiful piece of automotive artwork, and even the gauges, dashboard starter and hazard light push button switches are custom designed from stainless steel and manmade synthetic sapphire with a hardness level just below that of diamond. The dash center console has a 8-inch touch screen display utilizing the same bright-view technology found in military strike fighters and bombers for clear visibility regardless of sunlight exposure in support of its onboard GPS navigation and driver information displays.

The Iconic GTR – proudly designed, engineered and constructed using state-of-the-art computer-aided design and manufacturing technology entirely in the United States with over 99% U.S. sourced materials.

Ballard will build one hundred of these high performance pieces of rolling artwork roadsters. Priced at $600,000, his team will begin taking orders for the Iconic GTR in April with production slated to begin in Fall 2008. For more information, visit www.iconicmotors.com.

Iconic Motors™, the "Iconic" logo, and "GTR" are trademarks of Iconic Motors LLC.

Iconic GTR Specs

- 800+ Horspepower 420 CID (6.9 Liter) Iconic Designed All Aluminum V8
- Fuel Injected, Naturally aspirated, Runs on Premium Pump Gasoline
- 2,200 Pound Curb Weight
- Power to Weight Ratio of 2.75 lb/hp or 727.3 hp per ton
- 200+ MPH Top Speed
- Advanced Carbon Fiber Body Construction
- Hybrid Steel Carbon Fiber Reinforced Chassis
- Chassis Features Integrated Carbon Fiber Passenger Tub
- Torsional Rigidity Approaching 80% of a typical Formula One Race Car
- Formula One Derived Racing Suspension
- Unparallelled Design & Engineering Tolerances
- Hand Assembled Production Vehicle
- Extremely Limited Production of 100 Vehicles

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Anxious to see it in person, because it looks absolutely stunning. At 600,000 it is pricey but IMO, if it is mechanically sound, reliable and safe, it is more desirable and less expensive than the 1960's Shelby 427 Street Cobras.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw this at the New York Autoshow and in a word, amazing! The design is a bit dated, but that is what gives it, it's charm. When the world is full of wedge shaped supercars, this one stands out.

      I overheard some people talking about this car actually being built in Detroit. I can't believe that the OE would put something like this out, but I hear one of their suppliers was involved in the execution, Marlin...Mervin, something like that. They've done very nice work!

      Has anyone seen video of this thing run, yet?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It won't.

      The craftsmanship on this car is nothing to scoff at. It is pretty amazing.

      But it is kit-car. I say that good and bad. I like the concept of kit cars, but every kit car company seems to want to replicate the same cobras and GT40s... Creativity seems to have gone by the wayside.

      If this craftsmanship were showcased on an equally well done new car design, with an engine that doesn't require a change of pants and rear tires after every go behind the wheel, it would be truly amazing.

      But as a cobra, it is just yet another also-ran in the history of people updating a mid-60s icon, but not creating a new icon for themselves.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "more than 500 pounds of underbody downforce"

      Oh, come on! even my mother wouldn't believe that. Latest Ferrari road car underbodies barely generate enough 'downforce' to offset their inherent body lift. This brick, no matter how clever it is underneath is never going to make 500+
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like the love child of a Panoz Esperante and the AC Cobra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, I get it. It is a modern A/C Shelby Cobra.

      That being said, and all the spin-machine stuff ignored...

      I am tired of it.

      This is avant garde more than 40 years ago.

      Someone else has done this. Several others have done this, including Ford itself.

      What is the NEW next best thing? Where is the new creativity.

      I guess there isn't much new under the sun.

      And 800hp seems just gratuitous. It is largely uncontrollable, and dangerous, not fun.

      300hp that doesn't ALWAYS threaten to break traction at any given instant sounds like fun. 800hp just sounds like being annoyed at having to put yet another set of tires on the thing, and cleaning all the rubber chunks out of the rear bodywork.

      Maybe I am just jaded. The car looks well built. It just looks like "Here Comes another one. Here it comes again... Here comes another one, boy, am I glad I'm not having lunch with 'em." (let's see if anyone can name that reference...)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't know guys, even at 600 grand you are getting a lot of ugly per dollar with this one. It just might be the bargain someone out there was looking for...
        • 7 Years Ago
        You know what...

        You're right! Although this one looks very well done, they could have just put half the power into this car and sold it for 100k and that would be more exciting.

        The wife is safe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Time to kill my wife and claim life insurance.

      Kidding hunnie..
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I much rather have a Superformance Cobra. The interior is nice though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How will it keep all that power planted down?
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