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Posted 10 January 2005 - 03:05 AM
CARMEL, Calif.--Ford's Cobra Concept at the North American International Auto Show in January 2004 was met with a cool response. Critics said it lacked the passion and emotion of the original Cobra. And it didn't quite resonate with showgoers the way the Ford GT did. But one look at this new Shelby GR-1 Concept might make those critics eat their words.
This car is a stunner.
Ford chose to unveil its swoopy Shelby GR-1 here at the 2004 Pebble Beach weekend. And judging by the water cooler buzz we've heard, most agree that this is a car Ford needs to build.
And many within Ford agree, too. The house that Henry built needs another car to offset the initial development costs of the expensive Ford GT's architecture. And the GR-1 would be a perfect successor once the GT goes out of production in 2007. The GR-1 concept is built from a modified version of the GT's platform. But instead of the GT's mid-engine supercharged V8, there's a 605-hp normally aspirated 6.4-liter V10 riding up front. And before this 2-seat fastback supercar's body panels were even created, the fully operational running chassis was test driven at high speeds at Ford's Dearborn Proving Ground.
If the GR-1 meets with as much enthusiasm at the 2005 North American International Auto Show as we saw here at Pebble Beach, you can bet the GR-1 will make it to a Ford store near you by the end of the decade.
Posted 10 January 2005 - 03:12 AM
CARMEL, Calif.--Ford's Cobra Concept ...
Although the car looks nice, remember this forum is for original posts and not cut and paste jobs. It's also a tech related forum and not a forum to show off cool cars. With that said, there's nothing wrong with discussing some auto innovation here but, please be original. I like the hydrogen fuel cell post you made. Perhaps that could spin off further discussions of the feasibility of hydrogen powered vehicles.
I'm not sure the cobra concept car falls in the same category as the hydrogen fueled machine.
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