You can buy a 2017 Ford GT but it will take more than just a $450,000 check. That’s because Ford, which has committed to building the 2017 supercar for just two years, has decided to be selective about buyers. The company is taking orders until May 11 for the first production run. As of now, Ford plans to limit the run to around 250 cars a year, with about 150 of those available to the general public.
Ford is prioritizing customers based on several factors, but according to their application, prior ownership of a GT – or Ford brand loyalty – is one prized characteristic. The first question on the application asks customers to check all that apply. If you bought a 2005 or 2006 Ford GT will be given first priority, since in Ford’s estimation those are people who “are going to care about the car, keep the car, and drive the car.”
Collectors and being “ann influencer of public opinion” are also on the list. Applicants must be a resident of one of Ford’s 19 countries, including America, China, Canada, the UK and other western European countries. There is no deposit or fee to apply. Once applications are reviewed, a panel of Ford executives and representatives will meet and decide who gets a new GT. Ford also has left the door open to potential interview applicants. If you want to get an extra edge, the company is inviting applicants to submit their own videos “that demonstrate why the applicant would be a desirable GT owner” and “will not be required to, but may in Ford’s discretion be requested to, participate in publicity or promotional activities.”
Is the 2017 Ford GT worth all this? Yes. Ford is shooting for the stars with the 2017 GT since it marks the 50th anniversary of the car’s debut. Ford wanted to make a different car than the 2005 GT, which had components of magnesium and aluminum and a 550bhp 5.4 liter supercharged V8 engine. The 2017 version is made with lightweight carbon-fiber, with a rear-mounted twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6.
With 600 horsepower, superb aerodynamics and great power-to-weight ratios, this is a car worthy of the GT name. Although some people will quibble with the lack of a V8, there’s no question the car has speed and power on its side. As Stephen Russ, director of global engine engineering, explained, the ECU processes 3,000 signals from 50 sensors located all around the car. It uses 28 microprocessors running 10 million lines of code. By way of comparison, consider that an F22 military aircraft uses just two million lines of code and a Boeing 787 six million lines. That’s enough oomph to get competitors Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren to sit up and pay attention. When was the last time you could say that about a Ford?
The company cranked out this new design in a record 14 months. No detail was spared. The 20-inch wheels are clad in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires. The suspension is a torsion bar and pushrod set-up that is height-adjustable. Ford also made carbon-ceramic brakes standard.
The most breathtaking thing about the 2017 GT is its glorious silhouette. A Ford spokesperson explained that it derives its shape from F1. “The tapering fuselage comes from a Formula One or an LMP1 car. They all have a taper, which sets up a very clean air path to the rear wing, and that’s what we’re doing here.”
When the car is finally delivered to its lucky owners, it will be the most expensive car Ford has ever sold.
For those who can’t afford to buy a GT (or who aren’t influential enough in the eyes of Henry Ford III), there is always fantasy. Ford opened a configurator today that allows you to design your own GT. You can spend an hour picking out your dream colors, stripes and interior.