Initially limited to just 500 units over two years, production of the Ford GT has been extended to four years, meaning a potential 1000 of the Blue Oval's marquee supercar – since 250 GTs are being built per year – could be built, essentially doubling the amount of available vehicles.
Ford’s announcement comes just months after order books for its supercar opened in April. The third year of production will support customers that were put on the waiting list, while year four will cater for applicants who missed the initial application window along with applicants who were deferred.
The company says the decision to extend production supports its recent decision to race the Ford GT in World Endurance Championship (WEC) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) events for four years.
While this is welcome news for the thousands of customers on the waiting list for the new carbon-fibre supercar, it still won’t satisfy the 7000-plus people who initially applied to purchase one.
Ford hasn’t announced official specifications of the GT, nor has it announced how much the car actually costs.
The company estimated the GT's starting price in the low-to-mid US$400,000 ($526,246) bracket, which is a significant jump over the previous model’s US$150,000 ($197,342) ticket.
Unfortunately for Australia, the Ford GT will be produced in left-hand drive only, and is also limited to these selected regions: USA, Canada, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, China, Macau, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Applications for the extended run of Ford GT supercars will reopen in early 2018.