Will Ford's new plan sink the GT as a collector auto?

Doris Richards
October 21, 2018

Today the automaker announced it would extend that production run to "make ownership dreams a reality" for fans of the supercar.

Ford Performance's vehicle line director, Hermann Salenbauch, dismissed potential concerns that some of the original customers might not like their "investment" be diluted by a 35-percent increase in production.

Applications will be open for 30 days, and the lucky folks picked to own a GT will likely fit in the same categories the first round of owners did-by which we mean they'll have to have a considerable social media presence and act as ambassadors for the brand. Aside from that new special edition, it seems that nothing else has changed with the GT, although we can expect a new Heritage Edition model each year of the extended run (Ford has released a new one every year of GT production).

A quick refresher, in case you haven't thought about the GT in a few months: It comes with twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 making 647 hp at 6,250 and 550 lb-ft at 5,900 rpm. The original plan called for 250 cars to be built each year from 2017 through 2020. Salenbauch says that building the carbon-fiber GT is very complicated, hence the low production volumes. However, only 138 were actually completed through the first year.

Here's some good news for the hopefuls, because the carmaker has announced that it's increasing the GT's production run to 1,350 units. Successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience of cars produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.

The Ford GT is the most powerful vehicle ever built by the American manufacturer with a 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo engine delivering 647 horsepower and a top speed of 347km/h.

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