Superformance Gets Ford’s OK To Build The Ravishing Shelby GR-1

Californian tuning company and replica car builder Superformance has revealed that it will put the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept into production.

Superformance is best known for building accurate replicas of iconic Fords like the Shelby Cobra, Ford GT40 and Shelby Cobra Daytona, and has big plans with the production version of the GR-1.

Speaking at a Shelby tribute event at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Superformance chief executive Lance Stander revealed that the company has joined forces with Shelby American to bring the GR-1, which was originally at the 2005 NAIAS, to life. Additionally, Stander revealed plans to build the GR-1 in both electric and ICE-powered guises.

Superformance was pushing Ford to license it the rights to build the GR-1 for roughly six years, and finally, it has been given the go-ahead.

“We had to get licensed by the original manufacturer, and it had to have all credibility. So I just kept plodding along and eventually the stars aligned, the right people at Ford got to hear about it and… a couple of guys at who really wanted to see it happen at Ford Design in Europe, and the next thing I know is Ford Licensing is contacting me,” Stander revealed.

When Superformance begins production, it intends on offering 200 aluminum-clad versions as well as a few hundred additional models with carbon fiber exteriors. No specifics have been given about the aforementioned powertrains and it isn’t known if the vehicle will actually be sold as the ‘Ford Shelby GR-1’ or use a different nameplate.

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  • Axel Cortez

    it needs a 13 year restyle

    • Enter Ranting

      Fake grilles, a giant screen instead of a dashboard, and fake exhaust ports. Done and done.

  • TheAmerican

    I love the GR1 concept. Can’t wait to see it in “production”

  • Munchma Quchi

    No thank you. Looks like a bad kit car. I’d rather have something like this reworked 928.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5fba6a0011be17d9f7522906e81b2e57c3bb19be9f447e96e390b1d910e63ba7.jpg

    • Munchma Quchi

      Porsche did a way better job designing the rear end of this car. It’s what most other drivers will briefly see.

      • Astonman

        That looks good!
        Where did you find this?

        • Munchma Quchi

          One of the Porsche websites – it’s an artistic rendering of the 928 redone –

          • Astonman

            Wished it was true!

          • Munchma Quchi

            Agreed. I’d be a buyer.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That was a really cool concept but that was 2005. Hopefully, they do a couple updates.

  • Thomas Elkins

    I’m not a Ford guy, but that was always a sexy concept.

  • Leconte Dave

    GT90 pleaseee

  • ErnieB

    Ford can design beautiful cars when they want to..

  • Yishay

    My goodness gracious that car is beautiful

  • I think the design aged pretty well, kudos for Superformance to doing this. But can’t help to wonder how much they will priced this. Superformance aren’t really cheap, regardless it’s great move.

    Now I wonder if they should buy the right to Perana Z-One / AC 378 GT Zagato and produce it side by side. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e279f84903fabbc49c0504da9ada11ffb876bad4fcd40f5545a1d892215ed4ac.jpg

  • eb110americana

    It’s a gorgeous car, and I’ve long wondered why no one ever made a kit car for it. After all this time, I’m kind of surprised that it has happened at all.

    The only small updates I would make, are a more modern front bumper/grille. Something a bit more complex than a rounded rectangle. An upper cutline for that bumper which doesn’t make it look like a cap just stuck onto the front of the car. More outboard taillights, which accentuate the width of the car, rather than the vertical strips. Slight tweaking of the 2 fender vents, to get the upper and lower one looking a little more harmonious with each other (or eliminating one or both). A more practical interior and larger rearview mirrors will be included, I am certain. That’s pretty much it. The car is basically perfect otherwise.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    still as fresh & gorgeous as it was 13(!) years ago.i truly hope they will remain loyal to the original car’s proportions & detailing.the automotive world will be a nicer place with the GR1 in it

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Interesting thing. Maybe some changes on the rear, not sure how. But it looks really original

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