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2017 Ford GT production extended by two years

August 19, 2016, 01:54 PM IST by Omkar Thakur
2017 Ford GT production extended by two years

Ford has responded to the connoisseur cries by announcing that the production run for the Ford GT will run for two more years with 500 more cars to be built. The applications on the waitlist will be considered for the third year of production and fresh applications will be accepted only after 2018.

With only 250 units of production planned per year, the two-year production run meant a total of 500 units which disappeared from the table in a jiffy. Many enthusiasts were left high and dry as their applications were either put on the waitlist or rejected. The internet got swarmed with stories of people who think they deserved a Ford GT in their garage to accompany their fleet of exotics.

The latest generation Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost petrol V6 engine that develops 600bhp of power. It continues to resemble the GT40 in many ways with its signature headlamps and tail lamps. The chassis is a mix of a carbon-fibre tub and aluminium sub-frames and features a pushrod suspension setup and active aerodynamics to eke out maximum performance.

The Ford GT has been the American car maker’s halo car since the 60s after it became the first car to be built entirely in America to win the 24 hours of the Le Mans. After 40 years, Ford revived the GT brand and built a total of just over 4000 cars in 2005 and 2006. Ten years later, Ford had announced the second generation of the new Ford GT and money wasn’t the only criteria for choosing the buyers.

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