We are pleased to hear Superformance is teaming with Ford and Shelby American to build lightning in a bottle. A modest 0-60 in two seconds, is what this re-invented, gas-powered concept car will, hopefully be . . . for now.
The announcement was made at the Peterson Automotive Museum, January 6. The Early 2000’s brought us the GR1 Concept car to NAIAS, and now it returns. The Shelby GR1 is based on the shape and pedigree of the old Cobra Daytona Coupe. Superformance CEO Lance Stander joined a panel sharing stories about Shelby, recently, where he billed his company as a “distributer of complete, rolling-chassis replica and continuation race cars of the 60’s.” Sounds like the greatest place in the car universe to work at.
The car won’t be out for another two years, but Ford executives are giving the nod for 200 aluminum special-edition GR1 cars, which could be polished or painted. The remainder of production cars will be carbon-fiber bodies. The polished aluminum Shelby is a fitting tribute to Shelby’s influence on the racing culture.
After an exhaustive six-years Stander finalizing the license to get ‘er done. Now, even Ford Design in Europe is contacting him. Good things are happening with his ‘little’ project. Shelby was an innovator, and Superformance, Shelby American, and Ford are carrying on with that tradition. Carroll Shelby was always on the cutting edge of technology. It’s good to see his legacy continues, stronger than ever. Carroll was looking at an electric GR1 before he died in 2012. Maybe an electric version?