Ford Motor Co. received more than 6,500 applications for its new Ford GT high-performance supercar — with a starting price around $450,000. Ford is limiting the production to 250 vehicles per year.
"We're excited by the amount of enthusiasm fans are showing for the new Ford GT," says Dave Pericak, director of global Ford Performance. "This initial application window is just one of many ways fans and potential owners will have to connect with our all-new supercar even before it hits the streets."
Applications for the supercar, expected to be shipped to customers by the end of the year, are now being reviewed. Pericak says Ford will start notifying potential owners in the next 90 days.
He says Ford received applications from interested customers with videos, along with applications featuring lighting effects, racing footage, and garage tours to bolster their chances.
IN RELATED FORD NEWS, in the automaker's traditional European markets, sales in April rose more than 6 percent when compared year over year (113,400 units), marking its best month since 2009.
"We are off to a fast start in 2016, especially with our new SUVs, commercial vehicles, and incredible performance line-up," says Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales, and service for Ford of Europe. "With Mustang becoming Germany's top-selling sports car among retail buyers, and Focus RS beating some of the German premium sports car brands in comparison tests, we are showing that Ford can compete and win against the premium brands when we play to our strengths."
The automaker had its highest passenger car sales in the market since 2010 and its highest April sales for its commercial vehicles since 1993.
The Kuga SUV has its best ever April sales, which increased 14 percent when compared to April 2015. Combined sales of Ford's performance line-up — the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus ST diesel, Focus RS, and Mustang — rose 62 percent in April when compared year over year.
Ford's traditional European markets include: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland.