The all-new Ford GT supercar was first introduced during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The supercar was a sure-fire hit during the said event even when Ford released only a few details. The Ford GT prototype put on display during the event was just the concept version of the supercar but it already looked production-ready.
It has been Ford’s brainchild for quite some time already but has only been under a year of working progress. The car is expected to be out in 2017 which is quite amazing knowing that it is still in its developmental stage.
There’s not much information on the Ford GT but one thing’s for sure, the supercar will be powered by a mid-engine twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Its engine is powerful enough to produce 600 horsepower. Ford isn’t aiming to earn top speed records for the GT but will definitely focus on ultimate handling and lap times. The automaker is planning on taking the GT to Le Mans for testing which apparently is a non-verbal threat to Ferrari.
The GT will come with carbon-fiber construction and body panels as well as active aerodynamics and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Unfortunately, manual transmission will not be an option in the GT. Its price will be at $450,000 with only 250 units sold per year (and only around 1,000 units in total will be sold). Ford has recently been accepting applications for potential GT buyers.
However, it won’t go as easy as getting a Tesla Model 3. The company requires its applicants to prove themselves worthy of owning the GT by filling out a very meticulous application form. Basically, Ford just wants to know if the buyer has plans of driving the car or if it will just end up in a garage for the rest of its life.
All Ford wants is to see the Ford GT put to good use, either in public roads or in race tracks – that way, all the power that’s put into the supercar can be released. Since it was up for grabs (or reservation), there have been around 7,000 applications of ownership of the Ford GT that have been submitted.
There might be a few of these applications that are fake but a vast majority will likely be legit applicants. But wait, there’s more. Ford will not cater to all these applications as it will stick with its 250-units-per-year policy and has no plans of upping production to cater to everyone.
It wants to stick to its numbers because it wants to utilize the all-new GT to build awareness and acknowledgement of the brand’s capabilities, which it is not mainly about profit but the reliability of the brand.