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Ford extends GT production for two more yearsby Justin King
The company wants to keep the GT exclusive, but the production run has now doubled to accommodate more customers.
Ford has announced plans to extend GT production by two more years, effectively doubling the original two-year commitment.
The company received over 7,000 applications from prospective buyers. Only 250 will be built each year, suggesting 13 rejection letters were sent for each purchase approval. Ford loyalists and existing owners of previous-generation GT cars are said to have received top priority.
The latest news will presumably be welcomed by applicants who missed out on the first 500 units. Some approved buyers may not be as pleased, as their car will not be quite as rare or exclusive.
"While we can't build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors," said Ford Performance director Dave Pericak. "We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand."
The additional production is also defended as necessary to keep the GT racing in both IMSA and World Endurance Championship series events for four years.
Customers who already applied must update their request to be considered for the additional production run.
Live images by Brian Williams.