Ford is now accepting applications for the GT supercar

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 20, 2016

Want to own an all-new Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar? Ford has recently opened its doors to those interested in availing of this limited production Ford GT. Applications are accepted at FordGT.com, with applicants being given an opportunity to select their preferred Ford dealership.

If their application is approved, these applicants could complete their purchase of the new Ford GT with the assistance of the new Ford GT Concierge Service, thereby making them experience a whole new level of personalization when it comes to buying a car.

Those whose applications were accepted will be contacted by the Ford GT Concierge Service and will be treated to a tailored experience in ordering and taking delivery as well as in the years of ownership. The first round of the application process closes on May 12.

Henry Ford III, global marketing manager at Ford Performance, remarked that the purchase process for the Ford GT is as unique as the all-new Ford GT. He quipped that GT customers are strong ambassadors for Ford, adding that the carmaker is looking forward to providing these clients a service that is as distinct as the vehicle itself.

The all-new GT ultra-high-performance supercar is one of over 12 new Ford Performance vehicles that will arrive by the end of the decade, thereby joining Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the Ford Performance lineup.

This new Ford GT will serve as a technology showcase not only for its top EcoBoost performance and aerodynamics but for its lightweight carbon fiber construction as well. It extensively employs lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum to help the Ford GT achieve superb acceleration and handling while being as fuel efficient as possible.

The rear-wheel-drive Ford GT supercar features an aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell and is powered by a mid-mounted next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 – the most powerful EcoBoost production engine so far -- generating over 600 hp of output.

Starting this year, Ford EcoBoost technology will be available for every new Ford vehicle -- car, utility or light-duty pickup -- in North America. For now, EcoBoost engines serve as the core of an increasing number of Ford performance models like the new Mustang, Fiesta ST, Focus ST and the F-150 Raptor.

This twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is underpinned by the same engine architecture that also underpins Ford's IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance engine, allowing it to exhibit a wide powerband as well as outstanding time-to-torque attributes. Moreover twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is superbly fuel efficient, a rare yet very competitive attribute, considering that it is a high-performance powerplant.

As proof of its capability, Ford's twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 managed to grab three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014 -- including a win in the 12 Hours of Sebring -- as well as seven podiums.

Overall, twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 has conquered over 15,000 endurance racing miles. Supporting this V6 engine is a port/direct dual fuel-injection setup for improved engine response as well as a low-friction roller-finger-follower valve train. Power from the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is transmitted to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle, allowing for quick and responsive gear changes.

Of course, as an innovation showcase, the all-new Ford GT has been integrated with technologies usually seen in elite vehicles. These innovations include advanced active aerodynamics, an example of which is a deployable rear spoiler. It also gets innovations like the SYNC 3 advanced connectivity system. On the other hand, the Ford GT is designed to feature a shape that optimizes its aerodynamic efficiency, thereby minimizing air drag while aiding downforce and stability.

For instance, the all-new Ford GT features a tear-drop shape, a curved windshield that also enhances visibility, and an aircraft-inspired fuselage. Moreover, the all-new Ford GT features fully active aerodynamic components designed to further improve braking, handling and stability.

One of these components is an active rear spoiler that deploys and adjusts its height or pitch angle, according to the vehicle’s speed and driver’s input. Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, remarked that the carmaker inputs innovation into every part of its business.

He noted that Ford’s first innovation was not in a laboratory, referring to Henry Ford's 1901 race victory that attracted investments in his company. For those raring to build a Ford GT according to their preferences, they can do so using the configurator featured in new Ford GT Web site.

This configurator presents all the possible color combinations, wheels and materials for the all-new Ford GT. To date, the Ford GT could be availed in eight exterior colors like Liquid Blue. Customers can also choose from four interior themes. These eight exterior colors could be matched by one of seven available stripe colors.

While some combinations resulting from the configurator may not be available when Ford commences production of the Ford GT at the end of the year, it still offers the most flexibility for building a virtual Ford GT.

Ford plans to build just 250 units of the Ford GT annually, and the initial ordering period covers only the first two years of production or 500 vehicles. It will be launched in select markets around the world in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1-2-3 placing of Ford GT at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Press Release

FORD OFFICIALLY BEGINS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL-NEW FORD GT SUPERCAR AT FORDGT.COM

Customers hoping to own one of the all-new Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercars can officially submit their applications from today at FordGT.com.

The limited production of the all-new Ford GT inspired Ford Performance to create a unique, customer-focused experience to help select potential owners for the new supercar. Approved applicants will work with the new Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience.

“The purchase process for the Ford GT is as unique as our all-new supercar,” said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. “We understand GT customers are strong ambassadors for Ford Motor Company and we look forward to providing them a service as distinct as the car itself.”

The Ford GT is the most advanced Ford production vehicle ever, featuring the latest in lightweighting, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technology – an innovation showcase for the Ford brand.

Anyone interested in purchasing the Ford GT is encouraged to apply. Applicants will have an opportunity to identify their preferred Ford dealership and, if approved, will complete their purchase with the help of the new Ford GT Concierge Service.

Accepted applicants from around the world will be contacted by the concierge and provided a tailored experience – not only through the ordering and delivery, but through years of ownership.

The new Ford GT website offers a configurator allowing consumers their first chance to build the Ford GT of their dreams, and easily share their dream configuration with the world through social media. The configurator features a breakdown of colour combinations, wheels and materials for the Ford GT, including details on the interior themes.

The Ford GT is available in eight exterior colours including the highly sought after Liquid Blue, along with four interior themes.

The eight exterior colours can be paired with one of seven different stripe colours, giving the Ford GT customer many choices to keep their vehicle as unique as themselves. Certain combinations from the configurator may not be available when production of the Ford GT begins at the end of this year, but the tool offers enthusiasts the most flexibility when creating their own virtual Ford GT.

The Ford GT will be one of the rarest Ford products ever. Production is limited to 250 units per year, and the initial ordering period will cover the first two years of production - 500 vehicles.

The web-based application process for the first round of applications for the all-new Ford GT closes on May 12.

Topics: ford, ford gt, supercar

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