Dearborn-based Ford Performance has announced plans to extend production of the Ford GT carbon fiber supercar for two additional years, which will bring the production commitment of the vehicle to a total of four years.
The additional production supports the recent decision by Ford Performance to race Ford GT, which features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and an aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell, in both IMSA and World Endurance Championship series events for four years.
“The road car and race car will live on, side-by-side, for the next four years — providing ample opportunity to test and prove innovative new technologies both on and off the track,” says Raj Nair, executive vice president of product development and CTO at Ford.
Year three of production will support applicants who were placed on the wait list for the vehicle, while previously deferred applicants and those who missed the initial application window will be served by production year four.
The application process for fourth-year production will reopen in early 2018. Those who have already applied to own the car will only need to update their request.
“We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand,” says Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance.
The GT supercar is propelled by a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, which produces more than 600 horsepower, and it makes extensive use of lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber and aluminum.
The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT350R in the Ford Performance lineup.