The president of Galpin Auto Sports, the Los Angeles based car dealer and tuner, Beau Boeckmann (whom you may recognize from his role on MTV’s Pimp My Ride), used the Pebble Beach concours festivities to announce that GAS will be putting their Ford GT based GTR1 supercar into limited production next year at a starting price of just over one million dollars. Boeckman says that the venture will be profitable if they sell six GTR1s and that production will be capped at two dozen, limited by the short life prototype tooling used to make it.
“There is a market for a car like this,” said Boeckmann, scion of the family that owns Galpin Motors, one of the largest privately held dealer groups in the United States, including the world’s largest Ford dealership. “It’s amazing how many million-dollar car purchases there are. I know several customers who will be interested in buying one.”
The bodies, whose styling draws on Ford’s Shelby GR-1 concept of a few years ago, will be hand built by Metalcrafters, founded by the esteemed coachbuilding Gaffoglio family. Customers will have the option of either aluminum alloy or carbon fiber composite bodies. Interestingly, Galpin is charging $200,000 more for aluminum. Carbon fiber is expensive, but apparently not as expensive as hand forming sheet metal.
The Ford GT’s 5.4 liter V8′s supercharger has been replaced with twin turbos and output is claimed to be 1,024 HP and 739 lb ft of torque. Top speed is an estimated 225 MPH, 0-60 MPH is said to be 3.1 seconds and 0-100, 6.8. Galpin says that the braking system is derived from brakes used on F-22 fighter jets and in Formula 1 race cars. The interior is full of machined aluminum and hand stitched free-range Bridge of Weir leather.
Boeckmann said production and deliveries of the car will begin in early 2014.