Ford doubles GT production

Carbon-fibre supercar to be produced for an additional two years

Published: August 29, 2016, 10:20 PM
Updated: September 5, 2016, 5:53 AM

Ford GT

Ford GT hopefuls may yet see their aspirations realized with the announcement that Ford has doubled the production numbers for the supercar, by extending production for an additional two years.

Ford had initially planned to make the GT for two years, with production restricted to just 500 units. That may not seem so restricted, but when you consider that over 10,000 people were interested in purchasing the limited-run model, you get to understand the desirability for the car and understand Ford’s desire to make dreams come true for more potential owners … and also to cash in on the demand.

Ford GT

Ford conducted the search for buyers online and received more than 10,000 expressions of interest in purchasing the carbon-fibre intensive car made in Markham, Ontario by Multimatic. Of those, over 6,500 people were identified as “worthy” owners — people who not just buy the car in order to “flip” it for the profit, and also people who had more of an interest in actually using the car, rather than just putting it into a static collection.

But now that Ford has commissioned another 500 cars over another two years, more people will have access to one, which of course raises the question of whether those wishing to profit from the purchase and sale of the car will have learned their lessons when it comes to reapplying to obtain one, when the purchase window opens up early in 2018.

“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,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”

People who had applied for purchase a GT in the first round of order-taking will not have to re-apply to purchase one of the new 500 cars up for sale, but can simply update their request.

The announcement of a production extension was made to coincide with the letters sent out to potential buyers notifying of their purchase statuses, and also with the Ford announcement that it would support the cars in endurance car racing (both IMSA and WEC) for four years.

The third year of production will actually be dedicated to those who were approved for production but due to the limited numbers were put on a waiting list, while those who decided to defer their orders and those who missed the window of opportunity to apply will have to scramble for the 250 cars made in the fourth and final year (right now) of production.

“Ford GT has racing in its blood,” concluded Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer. “The road car and race car will live on, side-by-side, for the next four years – providing ample opportunity to test and prove innovative new technologies both on and off the track.”