Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 5.4L V8
Power:
1,058 HP / 992 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
2.9 Seconds
Top Speed:
200+ MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,600 LBS (est.)
Seating:
2
MPG:
HAHAHA
Base Price:
$1,024,000 (est.)
Last year in Monterey, we met GTR1 for the first time. Galpin Auto Sports pulled the wraps off its Ford GT-based supercar, powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 good for a whopping 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. The thing was totally custom-made and reportedly took some 12,000 man hours to create. And there it sat on the Pebble Beach grass, $1,000,000-plus price tag and all.

This year, the Galpin was back, albeit with one big change. That twin-turbo engine? Gone. In its place, a 5.4-liter V8 with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger bolted on, delivering an astonishing 1,058 hp and 992 lb-ft of torque on 110-octane fuel. 0-60? 2.9 seconds. Top speed? Somewhere above 225 miles per hour.

"Some things to keep in mind: no stability control, no traction control," were the only warnings given by Galpin's Brandon Boeckmann before taking me on a quick spin in the supercar. And after having my eyes thrown into the back of my skull a few times, laughing hysterically and trying to regain full use of my hearing after my ear drums being bombarded by the apocalyptic roar behind me, Brandon pulled over and said it was my turn, if I was ready to take the wheel.

Gulp.

Driving Notes
  • Getting in and out of the GTR1 is the same awkward experience it is with the Ford GT. The doors extend into the roof panels, so you have to open wide. You don't really hop in so much as you sort of throw yourself into the driver's chair. The seat grips you tight, you reach down and slide the chair forward. You instinctively tilt your head to the right as you pull the door closed. At that moment, you're greeted with a familiar interior – though in a jarringly unfamiliar all-blue color scheme, here – with a small steering wheel and familiarly long, horizontal row of gauges that extend out to the middle of the dash.
  • Turn the key in the ignition, hit the red engine start button in the center stack, and the GTR1 comes to live with a noise that cannot be precisely described. It's loud. No, louder. No, louder than that. It's so loud that the Galpin crew were not able to test it at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca because it exceeds the track's noise restrictions. It is illegally loud. And you won't be able to get enough.
  • Pulling away at low speeds, the GTR1 chugs to life, with a throttle and clutch that are surprisingly easy to modulate. There's a progressive nature to the go-pedal, too – all that power isn't available right at the start. Good thing, too, so you can actually pull out onto the road with some dignity, and you won't get the back end to kick out until you're deeper into the throttle's travel.
  • The shift lever has been shortened versus the standard GT, and the gears are selected with a solid, shorter-throw action, too. You don't feel like you're trying to move the earth when shifting gears in the Galpin – it's pretty easy, and feels natural. It reminds me of the stock Ford GT in this regard – incredibly capable, but very easy to drive.
  • Now, to be clear, I didn't even reach close to the car's full potential on my street drive. I was limited to the roads of the Monterey Peninsula, and while there were plenty of great curves to throw the GTR1 into, it is simply too powerful to explore its limits on public streets.
  • From what I can surmise, Galpin engineers have done a nice job of not only keeping the spirit of the Ford GT intact, they've added some of that conceptual madness in a way that's easy to manage. The steering is generally good, with a direct action that isn't overly touchy, allowing the driver to correct the occasional bouts of oversteer with ease.
  • The ride height has been lowered, and the car rides on 20-inch wheels with super grippy Pirelli PZero tires. The ride is rather harsh, considering the overall lack of suspension travel, but it won't break your back. The comfortable, supportive seats keep things copacetic from inside, too – even if you do hit a particularly jarring bump, you won't be thrown around inside the cockpit.
  • Most impressive, though, are the brakes, able to absolutely halt the speeding GTR1 on a dime. The car uses carbon-carbon rotors, and they stop. Immediately. Yet they don't feel snatchy when you don't need 100-percent, remaining well-modulated and progressive.
  • The only thing I'm not fully in love with is the styling. From the rear three-quarter view, the GTR1 looks really cool, and reasonably unique. But from the front, I can't help but think it still looks like a less-attractive GT, with some odd Jaguar XK cues thrown in there, too. That said, it gets a ton of attention – everyone on the road gave me the thumbs-up, and cyclists on the side of the road waved me by, some urging me to slam the throttle and give them the full brunt of the Galpin's noise and fury. Monterey Car Week brings out some really interesting stuff to the peninsula in northern California, and even in this company, I was a rock star.
  • Galpin Auto Sports has six Ford GT chassis standing by, reading to fill orders for the monstrous supercar for those able to handle the over $1-million starting price. But you'll get a car that's built to order, with the interior and exterior able to be fully customized. Of course, with enough time and money, pretty much anything is possible.
All in, the GTR1 is a wonderful car to drive – to say it's fast, or quick, doesn't even explain it all. The car takes to the streets with an outstanding prowess, and the only car it reminds me of is the Ford GT on which it's based. It's loud, brutish, and absolutely absurd. And like the GT was so many years ago, the Galpin is like nothing else you can drive today.


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  • 67 Comments
      SquareFour
      • 3 Months Ago

      If I was somehow lucky enough to own a GT, easily one of the prettiest, most iconic shapes on the road, the very last thing I'd do is pay someone to make it far less attractive. It's already an exclusive ride, but not exclusive enough for some apparently. If a GT owner really needs a 1000+ horses, I suggest they perform the engine mods without the body changes...or better yet, leave the GT alone and buy a Veyron. 


      I also don't get the changes to the gauges and switchgear...seems like a silly change for change's sake.

        TruthHertz
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        I'd rather own this than a Veyron. This, while it strays from the iconic shape that beat Ferrari's and Porsche in its day, it is still much better looking and more than likely sounds better than the Veyron. The Veyron is a technological marvel but seeing one in person does not nearly inspire the emotional response that one gets when seeing a Ferrari or Aston up close in person. I've never had to change shorts over a Veyron.

          SquareFour
          • 3 Months Ago
          @TruthHertz

          I was using the Veyron as an example of another million dollar, 1000hp car. Most would agree Bugatti has done the ridiculous price, insane horsepower thing better, but to each their own.

      wooootles
      • 3 Months Ago

      "MPG: HAHAHA"

      hahaha

      methos1999
      • 3 Months Ago

      I don't get the appeal of an exhaust so loud you can't even legally drive the car at A RACE TRACK!

        Finklestein
        • 3 Months Ago
        @methos1999

        Almost any car with an aftermarket exhaust will not meet Laguna Seca's decibel limit.  Some stock sportbikes are even too loud so IMO this was a poor example of how loud this GTR1 is.

        domingorobusto
        • 3 Months Ago
        @methos1999

        Laguna Seca just has a very strict noise policy that's actually pretty hard to meet. The vast majority of the louder aftermarket exhausts don't meet it. It's been getting very common for cars to kind of putter past the sound booth at MRLS to avoid getting kicked off the track for noise.

        methos1999
        • 3 Months Ago
        @methos1999

        That being said, I love the exterior styling, and like the interior - even if the blue is a bit jarring

      Porschetr
      • 3 Months Ago

      Looks like a concept car that was made 20 years ago.

        mojotrongt
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Porschetr

        Actually it looks like a Concept car that debuted 10 years ago.  Ref: Ford Shelby GR1.  All they did was rearrange it to fit a mid-engine layout.

        http://farm1.static.flickr.com/126/422644933_1fa0c8c410.jpg

          Ratpack
          • 3 Months Ago
          @mojotrongt

          idd but GR1 lookd hot. but this car... KILL IT WITH FIRE!

      fpb300
      • 3 Months Ago

      Galpin would be better of if they modernized the "j" cars design. The Saleen S7 looks better and is faster and better priced. 

      pavsterrocks
      • 3 Months Ago

      Do they need a Ford GT donor car?  Terrible if that's true, not like we have a huge supply of GT's sitting around, and it's a pretty awesome car on its own.

      icemilkcoffee
      • 3 Months Ago

      It's an amazing time to be a rich car lover. The choices are almost endless. While the rest of us are stuck with a 10 year old Miata.

        AnalogJesse
        • 3 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee

        Speaks volumes about how money in the US is being funneled from the middle class to the rich at such an alarming rate. 


        At this rate, the non-rich will be wishing we could even afford a Miata in a few years. 

          PatTheCarNut
          • 3 Months Ago
          @AnalogJesse

          Yeah!  Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Chip Foose... these rich guys have funneled money from the middle class long enough!  If you want more in life, go get it.  There are far less rich people "funneling it from the middle class" then there are who EARNED it.  Don't blame others, go get your own.

          daviddgc
          • 3 Months Ago
          @AnalogJesse

          Since the car required 12,000 man-hours of labor, it seems like money is being funneled from the rich to the middle class at an alarming rate.

        PatTheCarNut
        • 3 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee

        I just bought a new Cayman, and I'm not rich.  Work hard and do all the right things to achieve your dreams.  It only takes hard work and the right decisions in life.

      ferps
      • 3 Months Ago
      A million dollars, and no navigation system? ;-P
      Scooter
      • 3 Months Ago

      Looks like an amateur Photoshop job.

      mikeybyte1
      • 3 Months Ago

      I like the styling. I think it is pretty stunning looking, in addition to being insanely powerful. Might even prefer the looks to the standard GT it was based on. But if it is so loud that it is illegal to drive, it is destined to just end up in Leno's garage. Which makes your wrap up all the more confusing to me. Is it really a wonderful car to drive? Or is the ride so jarring and the noise so deafening that you can't really enjoy it?

      Awhattup
      • 3 Months Ago

      My order would include some mechanism that would control exhaust note... 

        PatTheCarNut
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Awhattup

        My order would include a switch trim panel that isn't hacked of on the right end, and dash screws that DON'T resemble public restroom stall panel screws.


        $1M trim and screws



      ken
      • 3 Months Ago

      "Some things to keep in mind: no stability control, no traction control," and a million plus price tag. 

      I don't know what will kill you first: the joy, the car, or your wife

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