Gallery: TopGear.com at Quail Lodge
We sneak behind the velvet rope at one of America’s most exclusive car meets…
Posted: 20 Aug 2013
Walking past the gathering of super rare Ferraris - including Glickenhaus' head-explodingly gorgeous P 4/5 cars from 2006 and 2009 - brought you to the next new headline star of the show: the Galpin Ford GTR 1. Inspired jointly by the GR-1 concept car and an active imagination, the team at Galpin Auto Sports, the custom division of the largest Ford dealership in the world in Los Angeles, have created their vision of what the Ford GT might look like if it was built today.
Using a standard GT as the base car, the team, working with concept car builder Metalcrafters, have created all-new aluminium bodywork that's five inches wider than the stock GT. All the glass is new as are the knock off (that's racing knock off, not poor copies) wheels, pure carbon brakes and interior. The engine has been breathed on by a set of twin turbochargers that see the GTR1 join the 1,000bhp+ club, with 1024bhp and 739lb-ft of torque.
It all looks very convincing, with nicely tight shut lines, reassuringly meaty door and rear hatch closing sounds and a general air of premium quality throughout. As it should because the asking price for the GTR-1, of which only a handful will ever be made, is a smidge over $1m including the donor car. And that's for one made of carbon fibre. If you want one in ally, it'll set you back another chunk of cash.