Ford has disclosed that the first ever production version of its 2017 Ford GT has gotten off the assembly line. This signals the start of production of a model that was first revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This means that the brand will be able to deliver to customers a model nearly two years after it was initially unveiled.
The 2017 Ford GT is being manufactured at the brand’s Multimatic facility located in Markham, Ontario. Regarding this important milestone, Ford Executive Vice-President for Global Product Development Raj Nair shared that at the start of 2016, Ford had two main objectives. The first is that the brand would be able to experience success during the Le Mans with the second being able to begin deliveries before the end of 2016. Nair said he is proud to say the brand has managed to achieve both. Aside from being VP, Nair is also the Chief Technical Officer at Ford.
Nair continued by saying that this indeed marks a celebration for everyone who was part of making this model a reality. This includes the design team and even all the employees as well as the suppliers. Through the Ford GT, the brand hopes to show that it remains committed to offering customers more and to prove how strong it is when it comes to innovation, Nair added. Examples include the EcoBoost engine technologies, aerodynamics, and use of lightweight materials.
Even if the new GT is indeed in production, Ford still has to reveal more details for this new release. As of today, all the brand has shared with regards to the powertrain is that the new GT will have the EcoBoost biturbo 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of delivering at least 600 hp. While details continue to be limited, or at times vague, Ford has yet to disclose the price. However with the brand already choosing the first 500 customers to get the new GT, chances are Ford has given them the price as well. According to some reports, the price could be about $400,000, and this is before opting for the wheels in carbon fiber. Considering the planned limited number of units with the rather high demand, Ford revealed that it had already received a vast number of applications. Specifically, an estimated 6,506 complete entries have been submitted to Ford.
For those who want to get the chance to know what it means to drive the 2017 GT, a version can be downloaded for the Forza Motorsport 6. Ford also added that for 2017, Lego will be offering this model as part of an affordable line of kits known as Speed Champions. The set even includes a 1966 Ford GT 40.