Shelby GR-1 Concept Car Finally Going into Production
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.
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.
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