Galpin Auto Sports has announced that it is hard at work on a new project. The concept is to create a vehicle that embodies all the Ford GT could have been had Ford not axed the supercar back in 2006. Called the GTR-1, the car will boast more than 1,000 horsepower as well as the buyer's choice of a body hewn from either aluminum or carbon fiber. That skin will get stretched over a standard Ford GT.

Each example will feature an interior built to the customer's specifications, though drivetrain and suspension details remain murky. From what we can tell, Galpin will release more details as we get closer to the GTR-1 launch early next year. Galpin has a long history of selling performance Ford products. It was the first dealer in history to sell Shelby Cobra models in the '60s, and hasn't hesitated to stand behind all manner of go-faster Mustang models over the past 50-plus years. You can check out the brief press release on the GTR-1 below.
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Los Angeles (November 30, 2012) – A new era for Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) has arrived with the announcement of its top secret supercar project, the GTR-1, at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Beau Boeckmann, President of GAS announced the company is currently building a prototype of what the Ford GT would have looked like if Ford had continued production of the legendary supercar.

Built in the spirit of Carroll Shelby – making existing production cars faster and even higher performance – the GTR-1 is based off of Ford's popular GT that was built from 2005 – 2006. The specially developed supercar will have more than 1000 horsepower and will be available with the choice of handmade aluminum or carbon fiber coachwork, upgraded drivetrain and suspension modifications and a bespoke interior tailored to the customer's specifications.

Additional pictures, details and specs will be available closer to the GTR-1's debut in early 2013.


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      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take a seat Galpin, you're a dealership, not a supercar builder.
      AlfieR
      • 2 Years Ago
      so you are going to take your own Ford GT and hand them over to Pimp my ride and have it reskinned and retuned...either u have alot of money to burn and no taste or you have at least 2 of them laying around...seriously, Ford GTs are selling way above market and they will be classics well after everyone here dies, who in their right mind will do this??
      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't care if this thing had 3,000 horsepower...it would be horrible to do this to a Ford GT
      Danny
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm crying for the remaining Ford GT's that will be ruined in this process:(
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Shelby GR-1 was a perfectly and stunningly proportioned reinterpretation of the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe. This has none of the subtlety and ruins a perfectly sublime GT.
      JeremyB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has nobody noticed this is a poor rip-off of the "should have produced it," Shelby GR-1 concept from 2005? Even the name is a rip off. They just added a "T" to GR-1 and got GTR-1. Lame...
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford GT's are collector cars currently selling above retail price. This doesn't make any sense.
      NoBoost
      • 2 Years Ago
      Built off of the GT frame, could be interesting. I've seen a heavily modified GT500 in the 800 RWHP range at a meet. Be interested to see what they use for drive train, suspension, and engine.
      iKingston
      • 2 Years Ago
      My series of reaction from the point of quick glance at the picture, to reading the title, to finishing the article... :-D :-) :-| :-( :'-( What a terrible fate for any GT that undergoes this procedure. How sad.
      Fresh
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the record, Ford didn't "kill" the GT. The GT ran the full course they intended it to run. It was only ever meant to be a limited run.
      Nate
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hi Guys, Just want to clarify here, I work for the PR firm that represents Galpin and I can tell you the GTR-1 will be based off of the Ford GT as a donor vehicle, NOT the Mustang GT. Apologies for any earlier confusion. As Zach writes, we'll have additional information closer to the vehicle's formal debut in early 2013.
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nate
        It's too late. The damage has been done and the world will now never appreciate this car. Way to ruin it.
          tump
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Klep
          Oh shut up, Klep.
          to your email L
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Klep
          Galpin is a wealthy SF Valley Ford dealer (probably the only one), it sells several makes not just Ford. Just think tho they could bought Saturn when it was for sale (they were a Saturn dealer) or a lotta other brands too. And the the Shelby dealer in the city of SF went outta biz so they pretty much have no competition.
          Rich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Klep
          We never would have been able to, since it'll never see the light of day :)
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      So its GT inspired but will be a front engine car unlike the GT???? I don't get it
        Timothy Marti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        I agree only basic engine is similar or could possibly serve supercar duty.
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