First Ford GT customer car rolls off production line

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More than 6500 people applied to own one of the first batch of Ford GTs; the first car is being built in Ontario today

The first Ford GT customer car has rolled off the production line today, almost two years after the initial pre-production car was revealed in Detroit.

The GT is being built at Canadian race engineering company Multimatic’s Ontario plant, where the GTE racing cars that contest at Le Mans are also prepared.

Ford hasn’t confirmed whether it will be finish its second customer before the close of 2016, but it said the first should be with its owner later this month. The Ontario plant will produce up to 250 models per year, with total production so far capped at 1000.

Only the first batch of 500 cars has been allocated. Applications for the remaining 500 will open in 2018.

Ford CTO Raj Nair drove the first GT off the assembly line. “When we kicked off 2016, we had two primary objectives for our Ford GT supercar – to excel at Le Mans, and to start deliveries before year-end,” he said. “We’ve achieved both.

“For everyone involved in designing and developing this car, including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate,” he added. “The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to light-weight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technologies.”

Heavy demand

In the first batch, a total of 6506 global orders were received for the model by the time order books closed in spring.

Ford picks buyers based on responses to a questionnaire, with a preference given to prospective buyers who will drive the car regularly, rather than collectors who may not take it out on to the road.

Even if it eventually expands production numbers beyond 1000, Ford has already confirmed that the amount of new GTs will be far fewer than that of the previous-generation car, of which 4000 units were made. Global production will be limited to 250 units per year and fewer than 20 of those are tipped to reach the UK annually.

The new car ditches its predecessor’s V8 engine in favour of a twin-turbo 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6. Ford claims a power output of more than 592bhp.

Prices are tipped to start at €500,000 (around £395,000) although Ford has yet to confirm this officially. Such pricing would put the new GT well above the Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and McLaren 675LT.

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Source: Car


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