Jump to content
  • William Maley
    William Maley

    Ford GT Production Falls Short Last Year, Works On Making Up the Difference

      Various issues caused this

    Ford's original plan for the GT was to build the model for two years, with 250 units being built each year. Then Ford extended the production run to four years and expanded the total number of vehicles built to 1,000. So how is Ford doing on their production targets for the GT? According to Motor Authority, they haven't gone as planned.

    This information was first brought to light by a GT message board claiming Ford didn't reach their 250 unit goal for 2017. Motor Authority reached out to Ford and a spokesman confirmed that only 137 GTs were built last year. Why the delay?

    "This is a hand-built supercar, which we are committed to deliver flawlessly. We built into our process an extended ramp-up due to several factors such as global homologation testing and supplier constraints," the spokesman said in a statement.

    Multimatic, the company that is building the GT for Ford explained they "hadn't built cars on this scale before" and it them some time to meet its goal of building one car per work day. The company only reached this goal in the middle of last year. Issues with suppliers and minor issues also played a role. Multimatic did say that everything is on schedule for the full run of 250 vehicles for 2018.

    At the current pace, this would only mean Ford would produce 888 Its, 112 units short from their original goal. The Ford spokesman said they are sticking with their goal of 1,000 vehicles. This likely means Ford will extend production one more year to meet it.

    Source: Motor Authority



    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    To be expected, Ford has not built as many hand built auto's as GM with the Corvette has. I fully expect them to catch up this year though.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    To be expected, Ford has not built as many hand built auto's as GM with the Corvette has. I fully expect them to catch up this year though.

    Apples and oranges..the Corvette isn't hand built is it?  Much higher volume...this a very expensive, low volume novelty.  

    As an aside, I really liked the '05-06 Ford GT.  This car I find very unappealing in person...the styling does nothing for me. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    14 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Apples and oranges..the Corvette isn't hand built is it?  Much higher volume...this a very expensive, low volume novelty.  

    As an aside, I really liked the '05-06 Ford GT.  This car I find very unappealing in person...the styling does nothing for me. 

    Yes the low end corvettes are much more robotic built, but my understanding and maybe someone else can chime in is that the top end units are still from the power train to assembly mostly hand built. You get the signed powertrain plates in the top end models and there is allot of pride in the assembly. I would think the GT is not much different.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    17 hours ago, dfelt said:

    To be expected, Ford has not built as many hand built auto's as GM with the Corvette has. I fully expect them to catch up this year though.

    What Corvette is anywhere near as hand-built as the GT? 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    25 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    20,000-30,000+ Corvettes sold a year. That just has to be automated.

    As I stated not everything is 100% hand built not even on the GT. Corvette does have more robotic assembly especially on the low end, but the high end units, especially the supercharged powertrains are still hand built and 100% of the hand built power trains are done at bowling green.

    http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2016/05/03/corvette-z06-lt4-engines-now-hand-built-bowling-green/

    Cool video of the robotic work done for machining on the engine.

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Hand built vs Not Hand built

    Just for the record, I don't care how either car is put together. I just find it stupid to say both are hand built. Yes, the engines are put together by hand at Corvette and that's it(LT4..or LT5?). 

    GT.jpg

    Vette.jpg

    Edited by ccap41
    • Haha 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I think hand built is the wrong wording to use to describe the way vehicle are made, as some is just tools scaled in size, hand turned tq wrench vs a handheld but powered eletric wrench for fasteners and bolts.

     

    Rather it’s whether there’s a mechanized production line or you have cell - manufacturing with defined stages of production. 

     

    But really, the Ford GT is the only recent supercar I know outside of the Late Dodge Viper that is largely built by hand but doesn’t get the white glove treatment like you see @ Mclaren or Ferrari.

     

    Instead it’s built like every car is a prototype. And that’s because Ford does not need a permanent site for car assembly , and they went with multimatic - they do make race cars I think but just never this scale and size of production run. It’s like the more boutique and rare you actually go, the more crude the production looks

     

    The Ford GT production reminds me of how Pagani builds its car. Except that glorious titanium everywhere tho. And the Ford GT is kinda meant to be a bruiser and be functional with beauty emerging from the sum of its parts - while the Zonda and Huyara have intricate details in every part.

    And functionally, do you need Titainum everything for every switch or dial?

    Course not, which is why Ford GT has Ford Fiesta level parts bin for every switch/dial/toggle not on the steering wheel.

    Edited by Suaviloquent
    • Like 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • By Drew Dowdell
      Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Model Y production.  Originally thought to be slated for production at Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada, Tesla appears to have changed course. 
      Reported by Bloomberg, Musk said "Right now our default plan is to produce the Y at Fremont." during an interview on the "Ride the Lightning" podcast. "I was skeptical about whether this made sense at first, but my team convinced me the fastest way to get volume production is to do the Y at Fremont."
      In order to free up space in the factory, Tesla plans to move Model S and Model X to a single line, according to current and former employees. Both models have seen sales tumble over the last 6 months as Model 3 sales increased.
      Model Y sits on the same platform as the Model 3 and production is set to start in late 2020. 
      In the same podcast, Tesla made some claims about the upcoming Tesla truck.  He said "It won't look like a normal truck. It's going to be pretty sci-fi" adding "It's going to be a truck that is more capable than other trucks. It will be a better truck than an equivalent F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality. That's the aspiration."  

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Model Y production.  Originally thought to be slated for production at Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada, Tesla appears to have changed course. 
      Reported by Bloomberg, Musk said "Right now our default plan is to produce the Y at Fremont." during an interview on the "Ride the Lightning" podcast. "I was skeptical about whether this made sense at first, but my team convinced me the fastest way to get volume production is to do the Y at Fremont."
      In order to free up space in the factory, Tesla plans to move Model S and Model X to a single line, according to current and former employees. Both models have seen sales tumble over the last 6 months as Model 3 sales increased.
      Model Y sits on the same platform as the Model 3 and production is set to start in late 2020. 
      In the same podcast, Tesla made some claims about the upcoming Tesla truck.  He said "It won't look like a normal truck. It's going to be pretty sci-fi" adding "It's going to be a truck that is more capable than other trucks. It will be a better truck than an equivalent F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality. That's the aspiration."  
    • By dfelt
      20190505_110414-mp4.mp4
      Mother’s Day weekend was a busy one. The kids had planned out the whole Sunday for the wife and I had planned the day before to build an area with a raised garden bed for the wife. The raised bed material was bought, the area mapped out and the plan to get up early and rent a truck to pick up cedar chips and black gold compost soil was scheduled.
      Saturday morning went as I expected, up early, quick breakfast and off to be the first in line at the U-Haul rental place. Figured rather than $75 per delivery, two types of material meant $150, why not spend $19.95 for a single day rental of the truck, pick up the material myself and pocket $130 or so.
      U-Haul actually has it to mileage and other fees that made the single days truck rental $55 and change, so not as big as I expected but still roughly a $95 savings.

      Surprise was that the truck I got was a new 2019 F150 with V8 that only had 300 miles on the odometer. Having not been in a new Ford pickup in the last couple years, I was excited to see how it drove, what the fit n finish was like and over all materials.
      U-Haul trucks are your base trucks with rubberized floors, dash is all hard plastics yet they still had backup camera and the V8 engine. As such the truck had no problem even loaded down with dirt or the cedar chips moving. Over all ride was decent and I actually really loved the seats as they were very supportive to my large size and yet comfy driving from freeway to local roads, never tiring to the body. Radio was a basic am/fm with a base pair of stereo speakers. Decent and functional.

      Dash being a base truck was hard plastic, as we have seen in many videos about even top of the line Luxury auto’s, the dash did make a big amount of squeak noise. Screen size of the radio system was also very small. Yet as many folks have used the term, the truck was functional.

      Fit n Finish was very tight, did not find any large panel gapes or errors in the paint job or exterior body.  I did find the very simple tie down points with already rusting bolts to be a bit surprising but it still worked and the truck had a bed so I did not have to worry about messing the truck bed up. Interesting observation is that when the truck is locked, so is the tailgate, so with a load, I had to always keep the truck unlocked so the tailgate would open and let me unload my chips and soil.
      The V8 engine was very smooth and quiet and the only drawback was the weird auto stop / start. If you’re in normal traffic it works just as GMs systems have worked with turning off and on the engine. Yet sit in one place too long and then release the brake pedal and you get a message on the center dash screen saying you have been stationary too long and must put the transmission in park and then back to drive before engine will start back up. Even with following their directions, it seemed the engine did not want to start back up forcing me to put it into park and then manually starting the truck again.


      Other than that single issue, the truck worked and the backup camera was nice to have to get as close as possible to the wife’s new raised veggie garden.

      Hit me up with any questions you have about the truck or my project. Yes I did take out the grass the weekend before so my cedar chips are 3-4 inches deep.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Ford said that it would be cutting a shift from its Essex Engine Plant in Ontario starting in October.  Ford says the move will "better align with consumer demand".  The likely cause? Ford F-150 buyers are shifting more of their purchases away from the 5.0 liter V8.
      F-150 buyers have a choice of 5 engines when selecting a truck, the 2.7-liter Ecoboost, the 3.3-liter V6, the 3.5-liter Ecoboost, and now a 3.0-liter PowerStroke Diesel, all in addition to the 5.0-liter V8, and the customer mix appears to be skewing towards the smaller displacement engines.
      The cut in shifts will not result in job cuts as those workers will be transitioned to another engine plant to build the 7.3-liter engine due to be installed in the 2020 Ford Super Duties. That transition will happen in November of this year. 

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Ford said that it would be cutting a shift from its Essex Engine Plant in Ontario starting in October.  Ford says the move will "better align with consumer demand".  The likely cause? Ford F-150 buyers are shifting more of their purchases away from the 5.0 liter V8.
      F-150 buyers have a choice of 5 engines when selecting a truck, the 2.7-liter Ecoboost, the 3.3-liter V6, the 3.5-liter Ecoboost, and now a 3.0-liter PowerStroke Diesel, all in addition to the 5.0-liter V8, and the customer mix appears to be skewing towards the smaller displacement engines.
      The cut in shifts will not result in job cuts as those workers will be transitioned to another engine plant to build the 7.3-liter engine due to be installed in the 2020 Ford Super Duties. That transition will happen in November of this year. 
  • Social Stream

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • My Clubs

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...