Has it really been one year since any meaningful discussion of the Ford GT?
Anyhow, recent Ford GT announcements are a model for keeping a brand image alive
. WOW! Two Ford GT product anouncements with real cars within one month. Somewhere within Ford, there beats a heart.
Ford has announced that the production of the GT supercar will be extended by approximately two years in order to satisfy the “overwhelming” customer demand.
That means that applications for the popular supercar will re-open in selected markets for one month, starting from November 8. The total production volume of the Ford GT will be 1,350 cars, up from the original 1,000 worldwide.
“The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with initial demand outstripping supply by more than six-to-one,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance director. “By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers.”
Prospective owners are invited to express their interest at FordGT.com. Ford says that the successful applicants will secure a build slot in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years and get to work with the special Concierge Service for a “personalized purchase experience”.
Ford also informs previous applicants that they need to confirm or modify their original application in order to considered for this final opportunity.
The Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces 647hp and 550lb-ft of peak torque. Top speed is set at 216mph (347km/h). Ford’s halo car comes with a special hydraulic suspension that features a track mode, which lowers the car by around 2 inches (50mm) and primes the powertrain and chassis for maximum performance.
Earlier reports said that Multimatic -the company that builds the Ford GT- was behind schedule for 2017, as it managed to produce just 138 cars out of the planned 250. The report added that this could lead eventually to Ford expanding the production of the GT by at least six months in order to complete the whole run. Production of the Ford GT was originally going to end in 2020.
After having already expanded the GT’s production run, Ford has now pulled the covers off a special edition version, dubbed Carbon Series.
This is a track-focused model, said to be 18 kg (40 lbs) lighter than the regular street-legal versions. The decrease in weight has been made possible by applying a polycarbonate rear hatch with extra venting, but also carbon fiber wheels with titanium nuts and a titanium exhaust system.
Despite the weight loss, this car still retains important comfort features such as air conditioning and an infotainment system. Also, according to Ford, the 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series “will want to be driven home after time sheets are collected” from the track, unlike its sibling racer.
Compared to previous variants of the supercar, this special edition version features more visible carbon fiber, along with two exposed carbon fiber stripes that match the A-pillars, lower body panels and wheels. Also, customers can choose one of the four optional colors, including red, blue, orange and silver, for the center stripe, mirror caps and calipers.
The carbon fiber trim is visible in the cockpit too, which also gets a unique seat pattern with silver stitching. The same layout is being used on the steering wheel and is complemented by the clear anodized paddle shifters and unique instrument panel badging.
Ford says that approximately one 2019 Ford GT Carbon Series unit can be built each week, and that they’re only available for already-approved customer applicants.
Additionally, Ford will also open the final owner application process on November 8, for select global markets.