Ford Motor Company is increasing Ford GT production to 1350 vehicles after more than 6500 applicants raced to sign up for the original 1000 cars allotted in 2016 – even before the car recaptured LeMans glory later that year.
Ford is re-opening the application window to customers hoping to join the exclusive group of Ford GT owners starting 8 November 2018 for select global markets. Prospective owners will be able to submit their applications for 30 days at FordGT.com. Successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience of cars produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.
Production of the Ford GT – powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine and featuring a carbon fibre architecture, active aerodynamics and 347km/h top speed – began in December 2016.
“The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with initial demand outstripping supply by more than six to one,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance director. “By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers.”
Two years ago in 2016, applicants and fans of the Ford GT rejoiced when Ford Performance announced it was adding two more years of production for the all-new, all-American supercar. The announcement came on the heels of letters sent to potential customers notifying them of their application status to purchase the car. The additional production supported the decision by Ford Performance to race Ford GT in both IMSA and World Endurance Championship (WEC) series events for four years.
In 2016, Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance, had said: “While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors. We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time, we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”