RH Motorsports in conjunction with The GT Guy LLC is proud to present
two new Ford GT production cars for the street, manufactured and
produced to the highest OEM caliber and quality.
The concept behind the two new cars is actually quite simple according
to Ray Hofman, owner of RH Motorsports... Take the aggressive styling
of the Ford GT1 race car, something that brings out the 12 year old in
each of us as you circle the car and imagine taking it on the track,
and mate that with something not possible in any purpose built race
car... A full stock street car package, interior with all the
amenities, comfort and drivability, everything that the Ford GT Super
Car has to offer. Essentially, a full blown race capable, aggressive
race styled GT1 and GT3 STREET LEGAL SuperCar.
"The idea was formed about three years ago as I sat pouring over
pictures and brochures presented by Matech on their new GT1 car and
dreaming of being able to drive it on the street. This was the
ultimate expression of the Ford GT in my mind, and while it started
creating waves across Europe and on the track the dream of having a
street legal version became stronger and stronger" says Hofman.
To accomplish this goal, RH Motorsports purchased the original Matech
2009 GT1 prototype race car, and all of the molds, engineering and
design work that went into the car, as well as the complete bodywork
for the GT3 race car. This brought with it years of proven race
success and development, wind tunnel testing for aero package
optimization and a FIA championship race developed package.
"People ask what we at The GT Guy LLC have been up to since the
Merkury 4 project we unveiled a year ago" says Rich Brooks,
founding partner with Denis Breitenbach, owners of The GT Guy LLC., a
company specializing in Ford GT development and projects. "When
Ray approached us with his concept and plans for a series of street
legal race inspired Ford GT supercars we were excited to be partners
in this project. Ray expressed that he wanted a manufacturer quality
finished car with highest attention to detail from the body gaps and
panel fitment, to the different engine and track package development,
and we all recognized that taking this from a race setup to a
production quality car would be a big step. Today, we are proud to
show the first two prototypes to the Ford GT community annual rally
event as a preview of things to come and the successful accomplishment
so far of our project goals." continues Brooks.
"For those of you that remember the Matech GT1 race car we have
created a GT1 race inspired Street version which is named FORD GT1-S.
This street legal supercar has everything the race version does and
will be produced in a very exclusive limited run of 20 turnkey cars.
Featuring a complete OEM quality wide body configuration out of carbon
fiber, the car is completely off the charts when it comes to the
ultimate bad boy GT" continues Hofman. "Our concept is to
offer this as a manufacturer, with a turnkey car being built to the
We will work with each customer to design their GT1-S with the color
of their choice, and a complete build sheet like any new car order
with a fantastic set of options. Mild to Wild will be at the whim of
the customer and with the GT Guys as my only choice as the premium
manufacturer for this project I know we can deliver. There will be a
standard wheel option along with upgrade choices for the track and
steet, working with one of the premium wheel manufacturers in the
industry. Full interior packages including carbon fiber and alcantara
worthy of the best italian supercars are also on the menu. Three
different engine packages are available starting with the 760 Hp GT
Guys exclusive 5.4L supercharger configuration. A 1000 Hp Twin turbo
setup or a 600 Hp Naturally aspirated package will complete the round
up to suit the desires of the high speed customer, or the purist who
is looking for the ultimate track car. Our goal is to make the GT1-S
the enthusiasts Supercar, and their dream a reality"
Denis Breitenbach, continues "a critical component for this
project was the development of the suspension package which adapted
from the race track would be reliable on the street as well. The front
suspension is 4" wider than stock, on each side, with new upper
and lower control arms and the rear is widened by changing the rim
He continued to explain the extensive development which had to be
incurred in order to make all new molds for the GT1-S in order to
supply the desired OEM quality vs a pure racing setup.
In explaining some of the configuration options he closed with an
explanation of what we had just seen in the unveiling. "This
prototype has full racing exhaust and our GTG cold air intake system
along with a smaller supercharger pulley and a custom tune good for
760HP. With the development of the suspension and engine package, the
proven race success of the aero package, and the base foundation of
one of the best supercars ever developed, this will be the best
Hofman further explained that the concept behind the GT3-S will be
more of a conversion, fully engineered tuning package available to any
GT owner. Continuing with the same model of complete customer
customization this can range from a basic bodykit conversion to a full
blown dedicated track beast.
While the unveiling of the two running prototypes occurred today at
NOLA Motorsports for the annual Ford GT rally Hofman stated that much
more information and production information would be available over
the next few weeks and to stay tuned for a dedicated website.
"With the annual rally of Ford GT owners we couldn't think of a
better place to showcase the cars and I am so happy with the result.
It could not have happened without the incredibly hard work and
dedication of Rich and Denis"
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