Galpin Auto Sports Brings Ford GT Back at Pebble Beach

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The Ford GT is back, sort of. Los Angeles' Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) has just unleashed its interpretation of a follow-up to the Ford GT at this year's Pebble Beach, packing 1024-hp under the hood and dubbed the Galpin Ford GTR1.

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The Galpin Ford GTR1 is GAS' vision of what the GT would have looked and performed like if Ford had evolved the design. Like the GT, the GTR1 packs a mid-mounted 5.4-liter under the hood, though unlike the GT which was supercharged, the GTR1's mill is fitted with twin-turbochargers, giving it 1024 hp and 739 lb-ft of torque (running on 91 octane gas) – 474 hp more than the GT. Like the GT's mill, the Galpin GTR1's V-8 is mated to a tried-and-true six-speed Ricardo manual transmission. Braking is handled by Formula 1-style carbon-carbon brake discs with six-piston Brembo calipers. Galpin estimates its GTR1 will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and top out at speeds in excess of 225 mph. Galpin is also expecting the GTR1 to get kicked out of most drag strips, with a 10.6 seconds at 152 mph quarter mile time estimate, and a 18.9 second 0-200-0 mph time that puts it in the company of tuner cars like the Hennessey Venom GT. The roughly 3000 pound supercar rides on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso rubber.

The exterior of the Galpin Ford GTR1 is a love-it or hate-it affair, with a new nose and tail grafted onto an otherwise familiar GT silhouette. The GTR1's body is handmade in California and constructed of aluminum, or, if a customer prefers, carbon fiber. The interior of the GTR1 will be familiar to any GT owner, with an identical layout covered in blue environmentally-friendly leather –the supercar may have a thousand horsepower, but this is California we're talking about here.

GAS builds each Galpin Ford GTR1 using a donor (or possibly wrecked) Ford GT that it'll supply for its buyers, much like how DMC builds "new" DeLoreans from New Old Stock parts.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the Galpin Ford GTR1 is that GAS is actually going to build a limited amount of them for public consumption. GAS plans to make a minimum of six and a maximum of 24 GTR1s, starting at $1.02 million for a carbon fiber-bodied example.

Source: Galpin Auto Sports

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