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Galpin Debuts GTR1 Supercar in Monterey
This weekend (August 16-18) the Galpin Ford GTR1 makes its debut at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the Monterey peninsula. The folks at Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) have picked up where Ford left off with the incomparable GT supercar by teaming up with Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, Inc. of Fountain Valley, CA. The renowned concept car builder put over 12,000 man hours into the hand-formed aluminum body.
The coach-built supercar is planned to be available with an aluminum body, like the prototype, and carbon fiber. Metalcrafters has decades of experience providing carbon bodies for other supercar manufacturers as well as race teams. The exterior also features 20-inch forged wheels, Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires, jeweled headlamps and tail lamps as well as carbon fiber accents.
The interior comes complements of a specialty Scottish leatherworks company, Bridge of Weir, which has provided material for the most exclusive vehicles over the last 100 years. The blue Sateen Marine leather is made with a recycled chromium process that reduces the environmental impact of production. Roughly eight hides, selected from free range cattle that graze at altitudes over 4,000 feet to reduce blemishes (caused by barbed wire or insect bites), were used to produce each interior.
Of course the exclusivity doesn’t stop there; carbon brake rotors with Brembo six-piston calipers provide impressive resistance to brake fade while boasting excellent stopping power and reduced unsprung weight. Only a few production cars use this sort of technology, which is also shared with Formula One race cars, F22 fighter jets, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
A twin-turbocharged 5.4L V-8 powers this supercar, that is nearly without pear in its ability to produce 1,024 horsepower and 739 lb-ft of torque. Performance estimates put the GTR1 in the 3-second 0-60mph and mid-6-second 0-100mph range, with a top speed over 225mph.
“For more than 60 years Galpin has placed the utmost importance on the craftsmanship and performance of each of the cars we build,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Auto Sports. “I’m incredibly proud to share our interpretation of one of the most iconic automotive designs of the twenty first century.”
Full-scale production is scheduled for early 2014. For additional info and to place an order, contact GTR1 Sales Manager Stuart McIntosh at 818/922-36-83 or via email GTR1@Galpin.com.
SpecsEngine: 5.4L (330cid) V-8, DOHC 32-valve, mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged and intercooled
Max boost: 18psi
Engine Management: Heffner Engine Calibration
HP/TQ: 1024/739 (91-octane)
Transmission: 6-speed Ricardo transaxle with twin-disc clutch (2.61/1.71/1.23/.94/.77/.63 gear ratios)
Rear end: helical limited slip differential with 3.36 gears
Suspension: front/rear upper A-arms and lower L-arms, coilover shocks
Brakes: 16.625-inch carbon rotors and 6-piston Brembo front, 14-inch carbon rotors and 4-piston Brembo rear
Wheels: two-piece forged aluminum 20x10.5 front, 20x13.5 rear
Tires: Pirelli P-Zero Ross 265/30ZR20 front, 335/30ZR20 rear
Curbweight: approximately 3,000lbs