What would you do to get your hands on the car of your dreams? For buyers hoping to place an order for the Ford GT supercar, some unusual criteria will have to be met.
To register your place amongst the first 300-500 orders (roughly two years of production) Ford will be offering preferential placement to previous GT owners, and loyal Ford buyers.
That’s nothing unusual - the same process applies to limited-build supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari. For those hoping to snag a Ford GT however, an audition video also forms part of the process.
In the video buyers are asked to demonstrate what makes them a “desirable GT owner” - "desirable" to Ford, that is.
If you get past that hurdle and your video catches the eye of Ford’s executives, the next step involves an interview with Ford’s management team to determine if you're a worthy contender (in other words, if you're the kind of special buyer they want seen sitting in their special car).
Among the terms and conditions listed, it seems that the successful candidates - those who cut the mustard - may be requested to participate in promotional or publicity activities at Ford’s request. Making the commitment to buy a GT an ongoing one… if you’re successful.
After all of that there’s still the expected US$400,000+ (A$523,000) price to overcome, and Ford’s not making any offers to reduce that in return for your personal endorsement.
The global marketing manager for Ford Performance, Henry Ford III describes potential GT owners as “strong ambassadors for Ford Motor Company” (there are other words we can think of), claiming the buying experience will be as unique as the vehicle itself.
So, once you’ve ‘passed the audition’, met the buyer criteria, endured the interview process, have successfully completed your contractual obligations, and handed over your money, Ford will graciously offer a concierge service to arrange to have the GT delivered to the Ford dealership of your choice.
Then the carbon construction 447kW-ish (exact figures are still to be confirmed) twin-turbocharged mid-engine V6 supercar is all yours. We can only hope it lives up to the hype.
Aussie buyers need not break out the camcorder just yet however, with left-hand-drive production limiting the GT’s reach. Oh yes, applicants are limited to China, the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Saudi Arabia.
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