The first of 2017 Ford GTs have rolled off the assembly lines and will soon reach customers. The GT is a limited run with just 500 to be manufactured in the first two years.
Ford's executive vice-president for global product development and chief technical officer, Raj Nair drove one of the cars off the assembly lines to mark the occasion. The Ford GT is being manufactured in Markham, Ontario, Canada, by Multimatic, the racing and engineering that has helped develop the supercar.
Raj Nair said that when they kicked off 2016, Ford had two primary objectives for their GT supercar -- to excel at Le Mans and to start deliveries before the end of 2016.
The company has met the objectives with the GT by scoring thefirst and third place at the 2016 edition of Le Mans in the GTE Pro Class.
Ford will build the GT with a limited run of 500 for the first two years models. The company had originally thought they would end production after the run, but Ford has confirmed at least two more years of production.
Ford has not revealed who will be fortunate enough to own one of these beauties. The company devised an extensive application process which resulted in 6,500 eager buyers for the first 500 units.
Apart from the lengthy questionnaire, applicants were asked to submit a video telling Ford why they should own one of the GTs.
The Ford GT features a mid-engined monocoque structure made of carbon fibre. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine capable of producing a menacing 600bhp. The unit is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox which sends the power to the rear wheels.
Ford had first introduced the GT at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and put it into production in just under two years from then. Among the first to roll out was a black GT with orange racing stripes and an orange interior.
The Ford GT was developed in a secretive basement studio by a small team and was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The street version is expected to be similar to the racing version and is expected to be priced in the mid-$400,000s.