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2018 Ford GT supercar production extended by two more years

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Inigo S. Roces | posted August 22, 2016 11:09

Higher than expected customer demand prompted extension

After initially stating that only 250 models were to be made each year and then handpicking only 500 applicants to receive delivery of the Ford GT supercar by the end of this year, Ford Motor Company has now decided to accommodate more applicants.

Ford has just announced that it will extend production of the GT by two more years after more letters poured in from potential customers expressing earnest interest in purchasing the carbon-fiber supercar.

“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. We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.

Applicants on the wait list will now be accommodated on year three of production while deferred applicants and those who failed to send an entry during the application period will fall on year four.

Ford will open up the application for the fourth-year production by early 2018 and those with existing/deferred applications will only need to update their request.

“Ford GT has racing in its blood. The road car and race car will live on, side-by-side, for the next four years – providing ample opportunity to test and prove innovative new technologies both on and off the track,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, product development, and chief technical officer.