Ford has added two more years to the production span of the 2017 Ford GT bringing the total to four years. Over 6,000 applications were made for the new GT supercar but only 500 lucky buyers were selected around the world, as it was initially limited to 500 units.
The application and selection process had its fair share of drama as numerous loyal Ford customers missed out on this unique opportunity. For some, the application window was already closed by the time they planned to show their interest, while for others it was a case of ‘bad luck’. The selection criteria was not made clear but Ford pointed out that they aimed at selecting buyers who planned to drive the new GT consistently instead of shelving it in a garage, as seen with the older GTs.
There was speculation that Ford favored buyers with strong social media presence but that was not the case as various interested buyers with big social media followings also missed the slots. The whole process sparked a heated discussion amongst loyal owners including those who were lucky to be selected, forcing Ford to respond in the best way possible.
Speaking about the new move to extend production, Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance 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.”
Year 1 and 2 of production will still be aimed at producing cars for the initial 500 selected buyers. Year 3 of production will support interested buyers who were placed on the waiting list while Year 4 will serve deferred applicants and those who missed the application window.
The 2017 Ford GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 producing over 600 horsepower mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Ford plans to build 250 cars a year with the help of their build partner, Multimatic, based in Ontario Canada.