Galpin GTR1 prototype unveiled at Pebble Beach

Galpin Auto Sports GTR1 prototype 17.8.2013
Galpin Auto Sports GTR1 prototype 17.8.2013

Slated for production early next year

Galpin Auto Sports has unveiled their new GTR1 prototype at Pebble Beach.

Described as "a vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed like today," the GTR1 is based on the aforementioned model and features a handcrafted aluminum body that was created by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters of Fountain Valley, California. While the car's styling won't win everyone over it features LED-infused headlights, a carbon fiber front lip spoiler and 20-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires.

The cabin largely carries over from the Ford GT but it has been equipped with premium leather upholstery, a McIntosh audio system and a machined aluminum instrument cluster.

Power is provided by a twin-turbo 5.4-liter V8 engine that develops 1024 bhp (763 kW) and 739 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque. The company estimates this will enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately three seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 225 mph (362 km/h).

Production will be "extremely limited" as Galpin only plans to build between 6 and 24 GTR1s.  The company is currently accepting orders and pricing will exceed $1 million (€749,850 / £639,345).

Source: Galpin Auto Sports


  • The Galpin Ford GTR1 is a vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed like today had Ford continued its evolution
  • Prototype revealed in Monterey, Calif. at The Quail and on the Concept Lawn of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
  • Powered by twin-turbocharged 5.4L V8 rated at 1024 horsepower, 739 pound-feet of torque

Los Angeles, Calif. (August 16, 2013) - Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) debuted its first coach-built supercar, the Galpin Ford GTR1, on the Monterey peninsula with initial showings at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on August 16 as well as a display on the prestigious concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 18.

Galpin Auto Sports 1024 horsepower Galpin Ford GTR1 debuted at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 18.
Image Credit: Galpin Auto Sports

The Galpin Ford GTR1 is a vision of what the Ford GT may have looked and performed like, had Ford continued its evolution. Once the design of the prototype was finalized late last year, a hand-formed all aluminum body was constructed by renowned concept car builder, Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif. - a process that in and of itself took more than 12,000 man hours to complete.

Underscoring its commitment to providing buyers with the ultimate custom coachwork experience, Galpin has worked with Metalcrafters to offer owners the choice of ordering their GTR1 in either a carbon fiber body or an aluminum body. In addition to its aluminum work, Metalcrafters has several decades of experience providing carbon fiber bodies for a number of established supercar manufacturers and world champion race teams.

Complementing the bespoke body created for the GTR1, Galpin equipped the car with a twin-turbocharged system specially tuned to produce 1024 horsepower and 739 pound feet of torque. With all that available power on hand, early estimates show the GTR1 is mechanically capable of speeds in excess of 225 mph, 0-60 mph in approximately three seconds and 0-100 mph in the mid-six second range.

Galpin also commissioned the design of a special set of brakes for the limited production run to assure the car could safely slow from such extreme speeds. Normally found on the F22 fighter jet, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Formula One racing cars, a special set of carbon-carbon brake rotors were crafted and paired with Brembo six-piston calipers. The decision to use carbon-carbon rotors was made because of carbon-carbon's superior resistance to fade even under the most rapid deceleration from high speeds and the material's reduction in unsprung weight.

In addition to its twin-turbocharged V8, bespoke body and brakes, the GTR1 also features specially made 20-inch forged aluminum knock-off wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires, jeweled headlamps, tail lamps and select carbon fiber exterior accents.

Inside, owners will find a machined aluminum instrument cluster, McIntosh sound system and equally exquisite hand fabricated leather trimmed seats, dash, door panels and headliner all available in the buyer's preferred color and stitching.

In fact, the leather used for the interior was sourced from Bridge of Weir, a specialty Scottish leatherworks that for the past 100 years has provided material for some of the most exclusive luxury automotive applications the world over. For this GTR1 in particular, a gorgeous blue Sateen Marine leather was selected that makes use of a special recycled chromium process reducing the environmental impact of leather processing. In total, roughly eight hides were needed to complete all the leather appointments in the vehicle; each selected from free range cattle that graze at altitudes in excess of 4,000 feet to reduce potential blemishes to the finished surfaces that would ordinarily come from barbed wire and insect bites.

"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."

Production for the GTR1 will be extremely limited. Galpin anticipates an initial build of just six vehicles and a maximum of 24 units created with an initial price of just over one million dollars. For interested buyers outside the U.S., Galpin will facilitate international shipment and delivery as needed.

Orders for Galpin's supercar are being taken immediately with full-scale production scheduled for early 2014. For additional information on the Galpin Ford GTR1, please inquire with Galpin Ford GTR1 Sales Manager, Stuart McIntosh at (818) 922-3683 or via email at GTR1@Galpin.com

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it's a strange car this one
Aug 18th, 2013 4:48am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
glad the claims are not 6-60 in 1 second and 300 miles per hour top speed
Aug 17th, 2013 10:25pm
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Valak Valak
Paying so much money to a virtually unknown company...I don't know ! What guarantee that if things go wrong and the car falls apart, they'll take care of it ? It's not like their reputation is on the line, they have none.
Aug 17th, 2013 7:13pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
They were the tuning garage in 'Pimp My Ride' (USA) after Season 5 and modified Jay Leno's Ford Focus RS. Galpin Auto Sports is a pretty known firm...
Aug 17th, 2013 7:40pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
They did Pimp My Ride, I'm surprised they didn't put a cappuccino machine in the center console. : )
Aug 18th, 2013 1:08am
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xLumino xLumino
you can not develop a car and sell it for discount...
Aug 18th, 2013 6:09pm
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mechamynd mechamynd
If anyone can spend that much money for a car, im sure he can buy a bundle of car like these.
Aug 19th, 2013 11:11am
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FrankPoruba FrankPoruba
Galphin has been around since 1946 and doing customization since the 60's http://galpinautosports.com/about-g-a-s/
Aug 20th, 2013 1:02am
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
Nice ford GT
Aug 17th, 2013 6:13pm
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Pre-facelift Jaguar XK headlight with little modification. But I love the rear.
Aug 17th, 2013 4:44pm
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RobERob RobERob
The rear looks simply unappealing and silly. As for the overall design -- if this is progress, I can't say it looks better than what Ford put out. Hate being a critic, but it has a 90's feel to it.
Aug 17th, 2013 4:16pm
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