The forthcoming Ford GT is perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated new supercars in the last five years. There have been all sorts of rumors surrounding the new car, and bits and pieces of Ford’s sales plan have leaked out over the last few months. Finally though, we have direct confirmation of how Ford will sell the GT. Beginning today, the company has opened up the application process to vet potential buyers of the new supercar. Yes, just like when buying a Ferrari, you’ll be vetted, and you’ll need to be wealthy.
Ford says the application process is to weed out those who won’t be good “ambassadors” for the company or the supercar. For those of you submitting applications, only 500 will be chosen to receive a car, as GT production is limited to 500 units for the first two years. Those who are accepted will be contacted by a new Ford Concierge Service specific to the Ford GT and will be asked to come into a pre-approved dealership to “tailor” their car to their specific wants. Ford also revealed just how much you’ll pay for a GT: The car will start in the “mid-$400,000 range,” meaning many shoppers could pay close to half a million after options.
Those lucky shoppers will be getting behind the wheel of something pretty significant. The Ford GT is the first supercar offering from the Blue Oval since the last GT went out of production in 2007, and it’s the first in the company’s history to forgo a thumping V-8 motor. Instead the Ford GT is a stepping stone for Ford’s future, using a twin-turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine closely related to the mill in the company’s Daytona Prototype race car and making extensive use of carbon fiber to reduce weight.
For those who aren’t accepted into the program or for those who simply do not have an eye-watering pile of cash laying around in your sofa, Ford has put up an online configurator that lets you pretend by spec’ing your own Ford GT to your heart’s content; Ford says you can “easily share your dream combinations from a number of color, wheels and interior themes with the world through social media.”
On the topic of color, Ford has stated that the new Ford GT will come with eight different exterior colors, all of which can be paired with seven unique stripe colors. While you will be able to configure your dream supercar indefinitely, applications for the car will cease being taken by May 12. This, then doesn’t leave you that much time to get your application in, so put down whatever you’re doing and ring up your local Ford dealer now.