Even if you can afford a new Ford GT, you will have to apply to get one
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
We know a lot about the forthcoming Ford GT. It features a carbon-fiber body, itâ€™s powered by an EcoBoost 3.5 making north of 600 horsepower. It will compete at Le Mans. And, it is awesome. We still donâ€™t know how much it will costâ€”over $400,000 is a safe betâ€”but now we know that global production is capped at 250 units and you will have to submit an application to earn the right to purchase one.
â€œProduction of the Ford GT road car will begin in late 2016 at dedicated facility in Markham, Ontario; global volume will be 250 vehicles per year,â€ says a product update that Ford shared with dealers. â€œThe all-new Ford GT will be priced to compete with exotic sports cars including Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren.â€
You can watch Group Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development, Raj Nair share some information onÂ the ordering process with the Blue Oval super car faithful at the Ford GT National Rally #10 at Ford World Headquarters hereâ€¦
It isÂ clear that this will be a rare and special car and carry a price tag commensurate with those characteristics. Of course, if you have the means to get one, it still wonâ€™t be easy to score one of these next-gen super cars. Of course, it will help if you have bought a lot of Fords over the years, especially the last version of the Ford GT.
â€œFord will introduce a unique ordering process for the all-new Ford GT supercar, with the program commencing in early 2016. Ford GTs will be assigned based on a customer application process, offering a personalized experience for every Ford GT buyer,â€ the update explains. â€œAnyone can apply; priority will be given to loyal Ford customers including current Ford GT owners.â€
The process will begin next year and really focus on a unique ordering experience for customers. Applicants will be assigned a car from Ford and they can choose to complete the ordering process through the dealer of their choice. Itâ€™s not just the customers that will have to qualify though. Dealers will have to sign upâ€”and no doubt payâ€”to be certified to sell and service the new GT.
â€œThe Ford GT customer application process will begin in early 2016. Details on the application process will be provided closer to the application process start date,â€ says the update. â€œFord dealers will be able to opt-in and certify to sell the Ford GT. Details on the sales certification requirements will be communicated later this year.â€
Ford is discouraging dealers from taking deposits for the car, and more information will certainly come to light as the ordering window gets closer.
And, if that’s not enough to get you excited, here’s a clip of theÂ Ford GT GTE/GTLM racer testing at Sebring International Raceway…