Shelby GR-1 Concept Car Finally Going into Production

By - Company to Produce Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car

Superperformance will produce street-legal versions of the long-awaited supercar with gas and electric powertrains.

Concept cars tend to play with your emotions. On one hand, they’re exciting and remind you why you love automobiles in the first place. They make you wonder, What if they actually put this car into production? That question popped into a lot of enthusiasts’ minds when Ford unveiled the Shelby GR-1 concept back in 2005. Sadly, the blue oval answered the question by making sure the GR-1 became nothing more than just a one-off tribute to the Shelby Daytona Coupe.

That’s going to change, though. Car & Driver reports that Superperformance, the company that manufactures replicas or continuation versions of classics such as the Ford GT40, Corvette Grand Sport, and – yes – Shelby Daytona Coupe, has teamed up with Shelby American to make roadgoing versions of the GR-1. No official word on which engines the companies will use, but there will be a gas-powered model and an electric model. The Shelby GT350’s flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V8 would be a logical choice for the gas GR-1, but a regular Coyote 5.0 seems more believable. The electric powertrain should give the GR-1 the best chance of being what Superformance CEO Lance Stander is hoping to create: A Shelby that can hit 60 mph in two seconds. Company to Produce Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car

Production GR-1s should start rolling out of Superformance’s factory roughly two years from now. Two hundred of the cars will be special editions with either polished or painted aluminum bodies. Other GR-1s will feature carbon-fiber bodywork. Company to Produce Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car

We would say that we can’t wait until the Superformance GR-1s are out, but that wouldn’t be totally true. We’ve waited 14 years already. We can wait another two. Just judging by the GR-1 concept’s looks alone, the finished product should be worth it.

*Photos: Car and Driver

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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