With all of the excitement generated by the news, earlier this year, that Ford were to enter 2 cars into the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship and 4 cars in the legendary 25H Le Mans http://motormartin.com/2016/03/18/news-ford-unveils-strong-international-line-up-of-drivers-to-tackle-the-ultimate/ it was perhaps inevitable that the availability of the road going Ford GT would cause quite a stir amongst the many thousands of fast Ford fans around the world, see http://motormartin.com/2016/04/17/news-ford-officially-begins-taking-applications-for-all-new-ford-gt-supercar-at-fordgt-com/ And now Ford have informed MotorMartin that after more than 10,800 people showed interest online in buying a new Ford GT, Ford received 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world – including over 500 from the UK market alone – in the one-month window to apply to purchase the new EcoBoost-powered, carbon-fibre supercar during its first application window. What a shame then that MotorMartin was unable to raise the required funds in time…
The number of applicants spiked over a six day period, during which 32 per cent of the total fully completed applications were completed before the window closed.
“We’re excited by the amount of enthusiasm fans are showing for the new Ford GT,” shared Dave Pericak, director, Global Ford Performance with MotorMartin. “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.”
Ford is now reviewing applications from those 6,506 potential supercar buyers and will start notifying potential owners in the next 90 days. Fingers crossed for you all as the application process was extremely vigorous.
Hundreds of registrants submitted videos with their applications during the month-long application window, hoping to bolster their chances of purchasing one of the first 500 new Ford GTs.
Creative applicants featured children, lighting effects, racing footage, revving engines, garage tours and life stories to show why they should own the all-new Ford GT.
The all-new production supercar is expected to start arriving in customers’ garages by the end of 2016.
While the initial application window is closed, Ford GT fans can continue building and sharing virtual models at www.FordGT.com. And MotorMartin urges all fans to click on the link and share their creations, after all, we can all dream a little can’t we?
“The Return” behind-the-scenes GT story
Incredibly, Ford have also been filming the birth of the Ford GT and dramatic 2016 return of the Ford GT as a road and race car which is being captured as a five-part series that can be viewed on YouTube. Ford have shared with MotorMartin that the series will Culminate in a one-hour long documentary, “The Return” which features company chairman Bill Ford, Raj Nair, Product Development executive vice-president, and Dave Pericak, Ford Performance director, to show the development of the Ford GT and its adventures on the race track racing around the world in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (North America) and FIA World Endurance Championship (global). Watch part one below then follow the links to the remaining episodes.
The episodes are as followed and most definitely, receive a MotorMartin recommendation:
Episode 1: “The Return: The Decision” – Bill Ford, Raj Nair and Dave Pericak discuss what it will take to be successful with the all-new Ford GT.
Episode 2: “The Cutting Edge” – Ford GT represents the best and newest technology Ford has to offer – elements that will benefit the full product line-up.
Episode 3: “Let’s Race” – Tells the story of the Ford GT’s racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Episode 4: “A Driver’s Perspective” – Tells the story from the drivers’ point of view, from what it was like to be selected to competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours (coming soon).
Episode 5: “The Road to Le Mans” – The race to the starting line comes to a close at last at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours (coming soon).
So there you have it, more fantastic Ford news. Is their anyone out there not excited about the new Ford GT? Probably not. Good luck for Le Mans, MotorMartin will certainly be watching.
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