Preview: Galpin Ford GTR1

By John Beltz Snyder

August 19, 2013

Galpin unveiled its Ford GTR1 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The coachbuilt supercar, based on the infamous Ford GT, boasts 1024 horsepower and speeds over 225 miles per hour.
Available with either an aluminum or carbon fiber body, it is actually five inches wider than the Ford GT by which it is inspired. Its 20-inch aluminum wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires, and are fitted with Brembo carbon brakes.
Galpin Ford GTR1
The mid-engined GTR1 is motivated by a biturbocharged 5.4-liter V-8 producing 1024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque. With 100-octane fuel, those figures jump to 1197 horsepower and 887 pound-feet. All this in a car that weighs about 3000 pounds. Power goes to the rear wheels via a Ricardo six-speed transmission with twin-disc clutch.
An exact figure isn’t available, but Galpin says the GTR1 is “mechanically capable of speeds in excess of 225 mph.” 0-60 mph comes in just 3.1 seconds, with 0-100 happening in 6.8 seconds. A quarter-mile is stated at 10.60 seconds at 152 miles per hour.
Galpin Ford GTR1
The inside of the Galpin Ford GTR1 uses about eight hides of leather from Bridge of Weir leatherworks in Scotland. The driver is greeted with a machined aluminum instrument cluster, and a McIntosh sound system.
Galpin Ford GTR1 interior
Galpin says it will make at least six examples of the GTR1, but no more than 24. Price depends on customer specifications, but the carbon-fiber-bodied car will cost $1,024,000. That’s $1000 per horsepower and a whole lot of exclusivity.
Have a closer look at the Galpin Ford GTR1 in the attached gallery. Scroll down for more details in the press release, below, or visit the car’s own website by Galpin.
Galpin Ford GTR1 engine

- 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.

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

About Galpin Motors

Galpin Motors, home to the world's largest volume Ford dealership for the 23rd consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus and Aston Martin. For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at 818-778-2540/, visit the dealership at 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, Calif. 91343, like on Facebook at or visit

About Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports, located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys offers customizing and personalizing services on all new and pre-owned vehicles, including collector and classic cars. For more information on Galpin Auto Sports' unique products and services, please contact GAS Marketing Manager, Jeff Skobin (, at (818-778-2540, like on Facebook at and Twitter @GalpinAutoSport or visit the website at


Price (Turnkey Car Spec'd as Below)

$1,024,000.00 For Carbon Fiber Body Construction
Price Contingent on Individual Order and Additional Optional Specifications, Including Aluminum Bodywork


Initial Desired Build of 6 Examples, Maximum of 24 Examples



Mid-Mounted Twin-Turbocharged and Intercooled DOHC 32 Valve V-8

Displacement (cu in/cc)

Power, hp - 91 Octane (100 Octane)
1024 (1197)

Torque, lb-ft - 91 Octane (100 Octane)
739 (887)

Engine Boost - 91 Octane (100 Octane)
18 lbs. (22lbs.)

Engine Management
Heffner Engine Calibration

7,200 rpm

Power to Weight Ratio
682 bhp/ton

Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive

A Six-Speed Ricardo Transaxle with Twin-Disc Clutch

Helical Limited Slip

Gear Ratios : 1

First Gear

Second Gear

Third Gear

Fourth Gear

Fifth Gear

Sixth Gear

Axle Ratio : 1


Top Speed
225+ mph*

0 - 60 mph
3.1 seconds*

0 - 100 mph
6.8 seconds*

0 - 200 - 0 mph
18.9 seconds*

1/4 Mile Time
10.60 seconds at 152 mph*

*Mechanical Estimate Based Upon Current Gearing


Upper A-Arms and Lower L-Arms
Coil-Over Springs and Shocks

Upper A-Arms and Lower L-Arms
Coil-Over Springs and Shocks


16.625-Inch Carbon-Carbon Rotor and Six Piston Brembo Caliper

14-Inch Carbon-Carbon Rotor and Four Piston Brembo Caliper

Wheels and Tires

20x10.5-Inch Two Piece Forged Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels
265/30ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso

20x13.5-Inch Two Piece Forged Aluminum Knock-Off Wheels
335/30ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso



Overall Length (Inches)

Overall Height (Inches)

Overall Width (Inches)

Wheelbase (Inches)


Headroom (Inches)

Legroom (Inches)

Shoulder Room (Inches)

Hip Room (Inches)


Curb Weight (Pounds)
Approximately 3,000 lbs.

Weight Distribution (%) (Front/Rear)
Approximately 51/49