The Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2005. It was designed to be a modern interpretation of the Shelby Daytona Coupe designed by Peter Brock in the 1960's. The bones of the actual GR-1 concept car were taken straight from the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept released a year earlier; and this in turn was a take on perhaps the most well-known of all Shelby creations - the classic Shelby Cobra.
Enter Superformance. Founded in South Africa in 1996, and currently in American hands under the Hillbank Automotive Group, they've been making Cobras for years now and having gotten quite good at it expanding their offerings to include GT40's, Caterhams, Corvette Grandsports, and the Daytona Coupe. Ever since the GR-1 concept came out they were intrigued by its design and hoped to one day make a version of their own.
Enter Lance Stander. He's the CEO of Superformance and pushed for the design and development of a Superformance version of the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept car. Through a partnership with Ford and Shelby, the car is moving towards production. See Stander, his son, and, of course, ole' Shel' in front of a Superformance Cobra Daytona Coupe below.
Superformance intends to offer the Shelby GR1 as a street-legal, low-volume production car. Options and pricing have not been announced but it'll probably be in the ballpark of $250,000. It will be offered in either aluminum or carbon fiber - expect that version to be considerably more money - with production numbers to reach 325, at most. Horsepower should meet or exceed the 750 mark courtesy of a force-fed Ford V-8 and Tremec dual-clutch transmission. Sounds like the drivetrain from the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500! Nice!
That seems like a good figure given the Ford concept car weighed almost 3,900 lbs but I'd expect Superformance will put it on a diet. The 2005 car also had a V-10 and concept cars are made for looks with performance and weight considerations not of primary importance.
Superformance are taking fully refundable deposits in the amount of $1,000 to gauge interest. So if you have a PayPal account, Superformance Shelby GR1 bliss can be yours with the click of a button. Buckle up.