If you’re one of the many enthusiasts that applied to buy the $450,000 GT supercar but didn’t make the initial cut, I have some good news: Ford announced Friday that it will be doubling the production cycle — from two years to four — for the all-new supercar.
Originally, Ford only intended to build around 500 GTs — around 250 per year. And it would only grant the right to buy the 600-horsepower super sports car to ideal brand ambassadors who had been thoroughly vetted.
Turns out, there were so many people who not only could afford the car, but also adequately represent the brand. By adding two extra years of GT production to its calendar, Ford is likely to build and deliver around 1,000 GTs by the end of the run.
“While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”
It’s an unbelievably enviable problem to have an half-million-dollar supercar so sought after that one feels compelled to churn out 100 percent more of them than originally planned. We should all be so lucky.
If you were one of the folks who put in an application for the all-new GT, here’s how the additional years of production will affect the order process, according to Ford: Year three of production will support applicants who were placed on the wait list. Previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four.
If you want to get in on the fourth year of production, Ford will be reopening the order forms in 2018. Though, those who already applied to own the GT will just need to update their request, rather than fully resubmit.
There’s no word if Ford will be building more of the limited-edition ’66 Heritage Editions, though.