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Ford Begins Taking Orders for $400,000 GT Supercar

Initial run limited to just 500 - and buyers will have to jump through lots of hoops.

by on Apr.13, 2016

Potential Ford GT buyers will have to go through an extensive application process.

Looking to buy one of the year’s most eagerly awaited new models? Ford opened up the order bank for its new GT supercar today, and it expects to have a long line of potential owners signing up.

That said, don’t expect the sort of frantic rush that followed the debut of the new Tesla Model 3 two weeks ago. Ford has plans to produce far fewer GTs – at more than 10 times the price. And Ford plans to put up some hurdles that will limit who is likely to actually get one of the new supercars.

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“The purchase process for the Ford GT is as unique as our all-new supercar,” said Henry Ford III, the global marketing manager for Ford Performance. “We understand GT customers are strong ambassadors for Ford Motor Company, and we look forward to providing them a service as distinct as the car itself.”

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Ford to Run Four GTs at LeMans

Half-century later, aiming to repeat historic victory.

by on Feb.05, 2016

Ford's two GTs were strong -- when running -- but had mechanical problems at Daytona.

Despite a disappointing debut at Daytona, Ford still has big hopes for its new GT race car – buoyed by word that organizers have approved a four-car entry for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But the four Ford GTs will have a lot to live up to. They’ll take the field exactly 50 years after Ford’s 1-2-3 podium finish at the 1966 Le Mans classic. Ford got off to a weak start in this year’s endurance series, its Daytona entries suffering from a series of mechanical problems.

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“It was great to see all four Ford GTs up there on the Le Mans entry list today,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, during a press conference in Paris. “Newcomers are by no means guaranteed an entry, whatever their history or ambitions, so we thank the (organizers) for giving Ford the opportunity for a four-car assault in June.”

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Are You Qualified to Buy a Ford GT?

Even if you have the cash, Ford is being picky about buyers.

by on Feb.02, 2016

A Ford GT coming out of the Daytona pits.

So, you’ve saved your pennies and have a big enough bank account to write a check for a new Ford GT when it goes on sale this year. But you still may be out of luck. Ford has set up a rigorous, online application process to find deserving homes for the new supercar.

An assortment of affluent aficionados have already let Ford know they’d like one of the limited-edition GTs – which are expected to cost somewhere north of $400,000. Lifting a page from the Ferrari playbook, Ford has decided that simply having the cash won’t be enough to get a GT.

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“We want to prioritize people who are going to care about the car, keep the car and drive the car,” Raj Nair, Ford’s global product development director, told The Detroit News.

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New Ford GT Set to Make its Debut – on Track

Ford Chip Gasassi Racing aiming to defend Rolex 24 at Daytona title.

by on Jan.26, 2016

The new Ford GT racer in testing.

Potential buyers will have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the $400,000 Ford GT. But for race fans, the wait is almost over, two track versions of the exotic Ford set to take to the field this weekend for the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Carrying the numbers 66 and 67, they’ll be part of a four-car assault being planned by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team as it heads back to the Florida speedway to defend its title.

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If the two GTs deliver during their debut event it would mark Ford’s seventh overall win at Daytona – and it would come a half century after Ford’s upset, 1-2-3 win at Le Mans with the original GT40.

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Ford Confirms Return to Le Mans with New GT

“We’re back.”

by on Jun.12, 2015

The Ford GT in Le Mans trim.

After a decades-long absence, Ford Motor Co. will return to endurance racing next year, launching a track version of the new GT supercar on a campaign to be capped with a race for the checkered flag at Le Mans.

The effort will begin next January, when Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing launch the new GT at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The program not-so-coincidentally is meant to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first win by Ford’s original GT40 Mk. II at Le Mans.

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“We’re back,” proclaimed Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, during a news conference preceding the start of the 2015 Le Mans endurance race. “We’re back with a car. We’re back with a partner.”

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Is Ford Ready to Race New GT at Le Mans?

Maker set to announce “significant performance news.”

by on Jun.12, 2015

Ford Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields unveiling the new Ford GT supercar at the Detroit Auto Show.

Ford Motor Co. is only promising some “significant performance news” will be announced in Cologne, Germany today. But based on a variety of hints the maker has been dropping, the betting is that it will announce plans to return to Le Mans in the near future, all but certainly to race the reborn Ford GT.

Rumors of a new Le Mans program began to surface even before Ford revealed the latest take on the ultracar at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January. Company officials then suggested they might have additional plans for the GT.

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The announcement will come just a day before the 2015 Le Mans race gets the green flag. If Ford were to put the GT back on the track in 2016 it would be more than just a coincidence. That would mark the 50th anniversary of the maker’s stunning victory at Le Mans with its original GT40 Mk II

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