Ford ex­tends GT su­per­car pro­duc­tion

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - By DAVID WHINYATES Driv­ing Force

WORLD­WIDE de­mand for Ford’s £420,000, track-in­spired GT su­per­car has out­stripped pro­duc­tion by more than six to one since pro­duc­tion be­gan less than two years ago.

So the blue oval com­pany has de­cided to ex­tend pro­duc­tion of the 200mph-plus road racer by a fur­ther two years to meet what it calls “over­whelm­ing cus­tomer de­mand.”

The com­pany planned to pro­duce just 1,000 ex­am­ples of its’ fastest ever road car in the four years from its launch in De­cem­ber 2016 un­til 2020, but pro­duc­tion has now been ex­tended to 2022 mean­ing that a fur­ther 350 will now be avail­able.

Po­ten­tial buy­ers in the UK will have to move fast, for the win­dow for what Ford calls “ap­pli­ca­tions” to buy one of the ex­tended run of su­per­cars will only stay open for one month be­gin­ning on Novem­ber 8.

Prospec­tive own­ers will be able to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions at, and suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Ser­vice for a “per­son­alised pur­chase ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“The re­sponse to our Ford GT has been un­prece­dented, ,” says Ford Per­for­mance di­rec­tor Her­mann Salen­bauch.

“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 in ad­di­tion to the 80 Ford GT own­ers in Europe who’ve taken de­liv­ery of their be­spoke car to-date.”

Pow­ered by a twin-tur­bocharged, 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6 en­gine, the Ford GT’S car­bon fi­bre ar­chi­tec­ture and ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics help to achieve a top speed of 216 mph in a 0-60mph sprint time of un­der three sec­onds.

Ford re­cently an­nounced a new Her­itage Edi­tion of the GT which cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-win­ning Ford GT40 with a Gulf Oil livery in blue and or­ange.

Ford planned to pro­duce just 1,000 ex­am­ples of its’ fastest ever road car

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