Ford makes 350 more supercars as demand outstrips supply ‘by six to one’
Ford has announced it is to make around 350 more models of its GT supercar.
Instead of closing down manufacture of the mid-engine two-seat car at around the end of 2019 once the 1,000th model is reached, the US carmaker now says it will build around 350 more models over the next two years.
Petrolheads with £320,000 to spare who want to own the 216mph road-legal track star need to move quickly.
Ford will re-open the application window to customers in selected markets, including the UK, for one month, beginning Nov. 8.
Prospective owners will be able to submit their applications at FordGT.com, and successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience.
Successful European applicants from the extended production volume will be eligible for Ford GT vehicles produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.
Each car is hand made at a specialised plant in Markham, Canada, with carbon fibre construction and advanced racing suspension amongst the fundamentals.
The model eschews fancy technology and concentrates on serving up an exhilarating driving experience.
“The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with demand outstripping supply more than six-to-one,” said Ford’s Hermann Salenbauch.
“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 in addition to the 80 Ford GT owners in Europe who’ve taken delivery of their bespoke car to-date.”
The GT was originally made by Ford for model year 2005 in conjunction with the company's 2003 centenary.
Production of the current Ford GT - the second generation - began in December 2016, following the announcement of a limited run of 1,000 vehicles across four years.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the GT’s carbon fibre architecture and active aerodynamics help to achieve a top speed of 216 mph.
On the efficiency and emissions fronts, the GT delivers 18.9mpg fuel efficiency and 349.6 g/km CO2 emissions.
Both the first and second generation models deliberately hark back to the classic Ford GT40, winner of many races in the 1960s.
Ford recently announced a new Ford GT Heritage Edition model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans wins by the Ford GT40.
It features a limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, including a Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme.
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