Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) unveiled its first coach-built supercar at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Dubbed Galpin Ford GTR1, the new supercar is a vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed, if the American manufacturer continued its evolution.
The first prototype was finalized late last year, but it took 12,000 man hours for renowned concept car builder, Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, to build the aluminum body.
Galpin has worked with Metalcrafters to offer owners the choice of ordering their GTR1 in either a carbon fiber body or an aluminum body. Metalcrafters has several decades of experience providing carbon fiber bodies for a number of established supercar manufacturers and world champion race teams.
Under the hood of the Galpin Ford GTR1, Galpin installed a twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 engine specially tuned to produce 1,024 hp of max motive power and 739 pound feet of peak torque. As a result, the Galpin Ford GTR1 is able to zoom from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately three seconds and has a top speed in excess of 225 mph or 362 km/h.
Due to this numbers, Galpin developed a special set of carbon-carbon brake rotors normally found on the F22 fighter jet, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Formula One racing cars. The rotors were crafted and paired with Brembo six-piston calipers.
The brake rotors are hidden behind 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires. Jeweled headlamps, tail lamps and select carbon fiber exterior accents complete the exterior design. Inside, the Galpin Ford GTR1 features a machined aluminum instrument cluster, McIntosh sound system and equally exquisite hand fabricated leather trimmed seats, dash, door panels and headliner.
The Galpin Ford GTR1 you see in the photos comes with a gorgeous blue Sateen Marine leather was selected that makes use of a special recycled chromium process reducing the environmental impact of leather processing. Galpin anticipates an initial production of just six vehicles and a maximum of 24 units created with an initial price of just over one million dollars.
Just recently, Ford F-150 was able to earn the top spot in Cars.com's 2013 American-Made index, which is a list of most-US-made models. Cars.com's 2013 American-Made index ranks model lines according to on sales and based on whether their parts and the completed vehicles are produced in the US.
Dethroning four-time index-topper Toyota Camry sedan, the Ford F-150 was one of the biggest reason why Ford managed to post a 22-percent jump in sales in the first five months of 2013. [source: Galpin Auto Sports]