When the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept first debuted to the public last summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, J Mays, Ford Motor Company group vice president of Global Design, admitted that "the Ford Shelby Cobra concept was a small step in our plans for the Ford GT architecture and our relationship with Carroll Shelby, and the Ford Shelby GR-1 is a giant leap toward the future."
A sleek and muscular fastback design, the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept rolled onto the stage at the 2005 North American International Auto Show wearing a new suit of polished aluminum on the outside and a cabin constructed of leather, Alcantara and gunmetal finishes.
Aluminum Brembo brake calipers clamp down on cross-drilled, vented four-wheel disc brakes. Goodyear racing slicks, sized 275/40ZR19 in front and 345/35ZR19 in back, keep the Shelby GR-1 glued to the ground in combination with the front and rear double wishbone suspension design from the Ford GT supercar. A Tire IQ system provides the driver with tire temperature and pressure data, as well as cornering g-forces.
Just don't count on the polished aluminum exterior finish.
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