Ford to build an additional 350 GT supercars, extend production 2 years

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2018

Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance vehicle line director, dismisses concerns that collectors will balk that their limited-edition auto is now not quite so limited: "It will not take down from the exclusivity of this auto", he says. Today the automaker announced it would extend that production run to "make ownership dreams a reality" for fans of the supercar.

The automaker has announced plans to extend production of its $450,000 GT supercar by two years due to "exceptional demand", as it claims to be getting seven orders for every auto it can make.

"The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with initial demand outstripping supply by more than six-to-one", Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance director, said in a statement Thursday.

Just like the first time around, interested buyers will have to submit a lengthy application in order to be selected for a slot to buy a Ford GT. By comparison, 4,033 first-generation Ford GT supercars were manufactured during that car's two-year production run from 2005-2006. Salenbauch says that building the carbon-fiber GT is very complicated, hence the low production volumes. Ford also recently issued a recall for the GT over a potential hydraulic leak that could lead to a fire, with almost all production models affected.

The original plan was to make 1,000 units of the Ford GT, but the Blue Oval received overwhelming response from over 6,500 applicants for the reborn sports vehicle in 2016, and that was before the GT achieved Le Mans success. To assemble the GT, Ford contracted supplier Multimatic, which rolls out 250 cars per year.

Good news, the application process to buy a Ford GT is set to reopen on 8 November (2018) for one month only, giving the thousands of people who missed out first time around another chance to give Ford lots of their money.

Successful punters will need to stump up a cool $450,000 for the 3.5-litre V6-powered carbonfibre machine.

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