New Ford GT supercar production run doubled
The all-new Ford GT's production run has doubled from two to four years.
Ford Performance initially announced the carbon fibre supercar would be built for the 2017 and 2018 model years. However, today it revealed that a second two-year run had been scheduled.
The decision coincides with the company announcing that it will be expanding its Ford GT race programme from two to four years. Four GTs compete in the IMSA and World Endurance Championship series and will now continue to do so until the end of the 2019 season.
When the car was first announced, prospective buyers could apply to buy one with Ford bosses selecting the best candidates. More than 6,500 people submitted completed applications for the GT, far surpassing all expectations.
Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, said: "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."
To reward those who applied early, the third year of production will be allocated to people who missed out on the first round of cars. For the fourth year, Ford is opening up applications to new customers.
Ford has been keen to stress that the road car and race car have been built in tandem. Raj Nair, vice president of product development and chief technical officer, said: "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."