Jump to content
William Maley

Ford News: Ford Expands Production of the GT (Again)

Recommended Posts


When Ford introduced the GT, they made it very clear it would be a limited run affair. 500 models would be built over the course of two years. Then the company expanded the amount to 1,000 vehicles that would be built over four years. Now, Ford has expanded the pool of GTs again.

An additional 350 GTs will be built, bringing the grand total to 1,350. This also means a longer production run. Previously, Ford was going to wrap up production in 2020, but has pushed it back to 2022. If you were one of the many people who applied for a GT and didn't get one, Ford will be opening the application process one more time beginning on November 8th and have it running for 30 days. Prospective owners will find out if they got the approval early next year.

“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,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance director.

Somehow, we doubt many Ford GT owners will have the same view.

Source: Ford


Ford Increasing GT Production To Make Ownership Dreams A Reality For 350 More Supercar Fans

  • Due to the popularity of Ford GT, Ford is raising the number of supercars it will build to 1,350 – up from 1,000; Ford GT production will run for a total of approximately six years
  • Ford is re-opening the final owner application process for select global markets on Nov. 8; prospective owners can submit their applications at FordGT.com for 30 days 
  • Previous applicants need to confirm or modify their original application to be considered in this final application window to own a Ford GT

Dearborn, Mich., Oct. 18, 2018 – Ford Motor Company is increasing Ford GT production to 1,350 vehicles after more than 6,500 applicants raced to sign up for the original 1,000 cars allotted in 2016 – even before the car recaptured LeMans glory later that year.

“The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with initial demand outstripping supply by more than six-to-one,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Ford Performance director. “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.”

Ford is re-opening the application window to customers hoping to join the exclusive group of Ford GT owners starting Nov. 8 for select global markets. Prospective owners will be able to submit their applications for 30 days at FordGT.com.

Successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalized purchase experience of cars produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.

Production of the Ford GT – powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and featuring a carbon fiber architecture, active aerodynamics and 216 mph top speed – began in December 2016. 


View full article

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like they need money, so lets break our promise and build another set of cars. 😏

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ford: We would like more money.

1 minute ago, dfelt said:

Sounds like they need money, so lets break our promise and build another set of cars. 😏

Promise? 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, ccap41 said:

Ford: We would like more money.

Promise? 

Yup that verbal promise of building an exclusive item, then saying we will build some more. Broken promise. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Again : what "promise"?

All one ever reads WRT desirable, aspirational dream cars is 'they don't build enough'. Finally one OEM is doing just that; fufilling demand, and people want to send Ford to it's room?

Ferrari sold 1200 cars in 2000, that was up to 2518 in 2017. Why? Why didn't Ferrari limit itself to a nice, round 1200 units? Does the brand 'just want more money'? The hell you say!

  • Haha 1
  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, dfelt said:

Yup that verbal promise of building an exclusive item, then saying we will build some more. Broken promise. ;)

Find a source where they made this "promise". 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So Ford building cars it really wants to build and not holding back is some how a "bad" thing?

Had Ford been passionate about product for the last few decades, they would not be in the shape they are now.  My feelings about Ford are well known...but I will take every ounce of automotive passion I can get out of them.

Edited by A Horse With No Name
Spelling

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, ccap41 said:

Find a source where they made this "promise". 

The word Promise is how you interpret their marketing message of exclusively only building XXX amount of an auto. Ford Markets the GT as an exclusive elite build with only XXX amount being built and that is it. The original marketing message was that 7000 people were invited to possibly purchase this exclusive auto but only 500 will get it based on a wide factor of things. This is why it comes across as if they are promising to only build so many.

Fact is they should build as many as possible like the Corvette so that the average Ford buyers have an aspiration to look at for this halo super hyper-car. 

This write up from 2016 always hit the nail for me about the stupidity of limiting a desired auto.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1105296_why-ford-is-making-a-huge-mistake-with-its-new-gt

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, dfelt said:

The word Promise is how you interpret their marketing message of exclusively only building XXX amount of an auto. Ford Markets the GT as an exclusive elite build with only XXX amount being built and that is it. The original marketing message was that 7000 people were invited to possibly purchase this exclusive auto but only 500 will get it based on a wide factor of things. This is why it comes across as if they are promising to only build so many.

Fact is they should build as many as possible like the Corvette so that the average Ford buyers have an aspiration to look at for this halo super hyper-car. 

This write up from 2016 always hit the nail for me about the stupidity of limiting a desired auto.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1105296_why-ford-is-making-a-huge-mistake-with-its-new-gt

So you forced the word "promise" in there then. Got it. Classic dfelt. 

They never marketed and said only X number can fill out an application. 7000 was the number that DID fill out an application through Ford. You or I could fill one out. 

Well, they're producing them as quick as possible and that turns out to be about 250 units a year, right? How long do you think they should produce it for before it's considered dated..6 years..? Most anything is produced 6 years or less before there are major revisions or face-lifts, etc. 

250 X 6 = 1500. They're only leaving 150 units "on the table" and this way there is a limited run of them instead of an open ended number which would turn out to be a max around 1500 units anyway. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

• Looked at the 'magnetic by design' ad spot- no mention of limited production.
• Looked at ford.com page for the GT, no mention of limited production.
• Looked at an 'official Ford GT video', only has music soundtrack but does pan across the serial number plate on the dash- has 4 digits ("0001").

I dunno, no one who bought one under the impression that only 500 would be built has anything to complain about when that number rises to 1350. IOW; no one who would buy at 500 would NOT buy at 1350. It's a non-factor, IMO. 1350 is still extremely limited- it's half of ALL ferraris sells in the US in a year... and this is over what- 4 years?

In my area, I see Maseratis nearly weekly, Bentleys nearly monthly, Lambos about 3-4 times a year, same with Ferraris... about the only hi-buck car I haven't seen out in the wild is a Rolls. And I've never seen a current gen GT (did just see the prior gen 2 weeks ago at a car show tho).

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One Ford press release I saw said 1000, another had no amount.  Oddly, neither press release has a date.

I saw the new Ford GT in person at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in '16 or '17.  It was blue IIRC.   Never seen one on the street. 

Found this press release from April, 2016 that said they would be taking applications for the first 2 years of production--500 units.

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/04/13/ford-begins-taking-owner-applications-for-all-new--ford-gt-super.html

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

People were already trampling over its prestige by reselling after sale.

 

So Ford is saying fuck you to those folks that violated that clause by watering down its prestige and limitedness by selling more.

 

They are essentially doing a favour to those willing to bet up to and more a million that they should buy flipped GT’s

 

What do they say? Buy low, sell high.

You know why the car mags actually don’t fault the GT for not being capable of beating the 720s or Performant on a track? It’s got a factory warranty with a factory roll cage built into the structure, which you can’t say any of the new competitors do. That probably added complexity and weight, and cost to integrate so it’s completely hidden. Could you even do a mod like that to the 720 without ruining its aesthetic!? HELL NO

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Too bad GM never made more Chevy SS sports sedans.  They are SO HARD to find now.  I wonder why Ford promised to make so few and then ultimately triple that initial run.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. 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
Reply to this topic...

×   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.




  • Social Stream

  • 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 William Maley
      After 20 years, Audi will be sending off the TT coupe and convertible into the great parking lot in the sky. During the brand's annual meeting today, Audi CEO Bram Schot said a new strategy focusing on sustainability means the brand has to cut a number of models that don't make economic sense.
      “There will be lots of things that we won’t do any more in the future, or things that we do less. We focus maximum resources on our key projects,” said Schot.
      This is part of an effort to get the brand back on track in terms of sales and profit after the diesel emission scandal which culminated in the arrest of former CEO Rupert Stadler and an 800 million euro ($895 million) fine.
      Schot did reveal that the TT would be replaced by a new "emotive" electric vehicle in the same price range. No other details were given.
      The TT isn't the only model on the chopping block. The R8 sportscar is being questioned as to whether or not it fits into Audi's new focus. Also, the successor to the A8 flagship may go all-electric.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      After 20 years, Audi will be sending off the TT coupe and convertible into the great parking lot in the sky. During the brand's annual meeting today, Audi CEO Bram Schot said a new strategy focusing on sustainability means the brand has to cut a number of models that don't make economic sense.
      “There will be lots of things that we won’t do any more in the future, or things that we do less. We focus maximum resources on our key projects,” said Schot.
      This is part of an effort to get the brand back on track in terms of sales and profit after the diesel emission scandal which culminated in the arrest of former CEO Rupert Stadler and an 800 million euro ($895 million) fine.
      Schot did reveal that the TT would be replaced by a new "emotive" electric vehicle in the same price range. No other details were given.
      The TT isn't the only model on the chopping block. The R8 sportscar is being questioned as to whether or not it fits into Audi's new focus. Also, the successor to the A8 flagship may go all-electric.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) made a big splash at the Detroit Auto Show this year with a number of models destined for the U.S. The plan at the time was to begin talking with dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March, with sales to follow early next year. But GAC has postponed plans of coming to the U.S. due to the trade war.
      In a statement issued to Bloomberg, GAC said “the escalation of China-U.S. trade frictions” and distribution “uncertainties” had made them decide to put their plans on hold. It's unclear how long this postponement will last, but it will likely be some months - maybe years.
      Many Chinese automakers have made pronouncements to sell vehicles in the U.S. for over a decade, with none coming to shore. As Automotive News notes, Chinese Automaker Zotye as recently as this month was still recruiting dealers and planning to begin sales in the U.S. late next year. Bloomberg reached out to other Chinese automakers,
      Great Wall: No immediate comment on whether or not it plans on adjusting its plans to coming to the U.S. Lynk & Co. (under the Geely umbrella): Spokesperson said they are "evaluating" plans for North America Source: Bloomberg, Automotive News (Subscription Required)

      View full article
  • My Clubs

  • Reader Rides

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...