"A uniquely emotional American sports car design that makes a bold statement about Ford's performance future."
By Editors of Motor Trend
Photography by the Manufacturers
Motor Trend, January 2005
The Shelby GR-1 takes the performance car genre in a new direction combining modern sculptured surfaces in a sleek muscular fastback design. Displayed in Detroit under strong blue lighting, its polished aluminum body panels took on a strangely futuristic aura. Ford Motor Company says the new Shelby GR-1 concept sports car is a salute to performance art, calling it "a uniquely emotional American sports car design that makes a bold statement about Ford's performance future." Inspired by Carroll Shelby, the front-engined, two-seat, fastback supercar is based on the architecture of the Ford GT. Designed by George Saridakis of the Ford Irvine (California) Advanced Design Studio, this car was developed as a possible lesser-priced successor to the GT. Unlike other iterations of this car that we have seen through the autoshow season, this car was a runner, powered by Ford 6.4-liter/605-horse DOHC 90-degree V-10