Galpin reinvents the Ford GT with 1,000 horses and a $1 million price tag


August 21, 2013

Galpin debuted the GTR1 as part of the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach weekend (Photo: Angus MacKenzie /

Galpin debuted the GTR1 as part of the Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach weekend (Photo: Angus MacKenzie /

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It's been more than half a decade since Ford had a legitimate answer for the SRT Viper and Chevy Corvette, and some parties are getting antsy. Galpin Auto Sports made its own rendition of a 2013 Ford GT, adding a downright beastly 1,024-hp V8 engine. Galpin's GTR1 remains true to the original GT in many ways but soars right past Viper and Corvette territory and into McLaren / LeFerrari / Bugatti turf.

A supercar builder born out of six decades worth of customizing and selling cars, Galpin Auto Sports presents its very first coach-built supercar. The GTR1 was designed to represent what the short-lived Ford GT, built between 2004 and 2006, might have become had it continued along an evolutionary production path.

The GTR1's body is five inches wider than the original GT, and its lines and curves evolved, but you can see the GT influence from nearly every angle – the broad, shoveled-out hood, the shape of the profile, the flat, angled rear-end, etc. This is a successor, not a replica, so there's an equal amount of change, including the overall body sculpting, refashioned headlamps and taillamps, and redesigned side intakes. We greatly prefer the lithe, muscular, track-like styling of the original, but in its absence, the GTR1 will provide an acceptable substitute.

Helping to foster acceptance among the GT-loving masses, the GTR1 packs nearly double the power of the original GT. Its mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 5.4-liter V8 is reminiscent of the original power plant in displacement and cylinders, but its 1,024 horses and 739 lb-ft of torque add a whole lot of extra punch. Run it on 100 octane fuel and those numbers leap to 1,197 hp and 887 lb-ft.

Galpin hasn't written all its figures in black pen just yet, but it does estimate that the car is "mechanically capable" of speeds surpassing 225 mph (362 km/h) and acceleration times of 3.1 seconds to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) and around 6.8 seconds to 100 mph (161 km/h). Helping the engine meet its potential will be the buyer's choice of aluminum or carbon fiber body, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires. Brembo calipers with specially designed full carbon rotors will rein it back to standstill.

The driver gets to interact with all that bullish hardware from within a rather distinctive cabin with a machined-aluminum instrument cluster, McIntosh sound system (a feature that was available on the original GT) and handcrafted leather trim from Scottish leather specialist Bridge of Weir. Thankfully, buyers will have options besides the Sateen Marine blue motif that Galpin showed at Concours d'Elegance Pebble Beach, an electric blue-purple that looks like the passenger drank a little too much Blue Curacao before the driver dropped pedal to 225.

Galpin plans a very limited production, starting off with just half a dozen examples, not to exceed 24 in total. The car will carry a price tag of US$1,024,000 and production is planned for early 2014.

Source: Galpin Auto Sports

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A lot more expensive then the GT & not as good looking.

Bull Moose

For a million dollars, I could make a Yugo perform. Yes, this car is gorgeous but it's not worth a million.

Guy Macher

They don't tell us how tall it is. This is important information when we're talking Ford GT(40)



Only the original 60's GT 40 was under 40 inches tall the Ford GT (note they left out the 40 part) was actually 43 inches tall.

Anyway what a beautiful car... oh wait I just saw the interior...

Seriously the original GT 40 (which this article doesn't mention) and the re-imagined 2000's Ford GT are stunning cars, this not so much even if you exclude that down right terrible interior.

Jon Smith

These guys should stick to engines and drive trains. Better to leave the design work to the purists rather than those hoping not to be sent a cease and desist letter.


Start here: Add $800K. Kick the tar out of this thing.

Timothy Rohde

Does Megan Fox need plastic surgery to look better ? NO and neither does the Ford GT ! Please Ford just re-start production on the GT PLEASE !!!!!!!

John Findlay

If those are metal rings in the cushion, don't get in it while wearing shorts on a sunny day.

Gregg Eshelman

Another ridiculous “let them eat cake” car for the billionaire set. A huge waste of money and know how; silly, shocking and sad.


I say worth 100K minimum. For 1M Id better have GPS & road map, backup camera & roadside service etc etc. Or Maint Plan.

Stephen Russell

Even with the additional name Galpin, over priced is just that. I like the exterior it finally got a modern touch, still don't like the interior much, less with that "Weird Science Blue". Ford needs to look into making their sports car more affordable so it can compete with Corvette sales or one day the company may end up being a thing of the past like their designs ideas.


I used to live a couple of miles from the Ford GT 40 workshop on the Slough Trading Estate and used the stand at the door as a 14 year old drawling over the cars, they use to test them on the M4 (no max speed limit then! and I have a memory of coming off the M4 around a big loop back over the motorway in my sisters Morris 1000 being overtaken by two GT 40s at warp speed!! great times

John D Mc

If: -Porsche 918 Spyder... $845,000 -Ferrari LaFerrari...$1.69 Million -McLaren P1... $1.15 million

this...1 million....? luck sell it...

Charlie Nudelman

"Galpin hasn't written all its figures in black pen just yet, but it does estimate......"

So we are talking fantasy numbers at this point.

Where in the world is one going to be able to drive this car that fast?

Another pointless indulgence. I guess all the rich are feeling smug about all the green credits they bought and need to waste them.

Want to see the airbags pop during the Fed smash test.

Dave Merriam

Spectacular car in all honesty, however for $1M+ you would think they could get the rear deck lid to fit properly. Also, the Jaguar XJ Series headlamp units are obvious as are the (old) Ford Focus dash air vents!

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