500 cars are up for grabs!
by Mircea Panait, 13th April 2016
The Ford Motor Company is still teasing us with the 2017 Ford GT. Until production starts late this year, the Blue Oval has thrown prospective buyers a bone by firing up the configurator. Ownership applications are go as well.
Like my colleague pointed out in his editorial, FoMoCo is playing with our nerves considering that the GT has been presented in January 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show and the real deal hasn’t been shown to the public yet. In the meantime, all we can do is dream with our eyes wide open what it would be like to own a $400,000-plus supercar. The configurator is a good starting point. This thing looks fab in Frozen White with red racing stripes, doesn’t it?
Gulf Oil livery isn’t available, which is a bit of a boo and hiss considering that the 2017 Ford GT owes a lot to the GT40 from the 1960s, the endurance racer who shamed the best Ferrari could throw at it by winning Le Mans four years on the trot. To rub salt into the wound, Ford hasn’t confirmed how much get-up-and-go the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine will be producing. We were told to look forward to 600-plus HP.
I’m aware that the GT will be a lightweight bruiser, but it won’t pack the same punch as a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or Corvette Z06. Compared to other supercars, I’ll be betting my two cents on no more than 650 horsepower, which is Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 650S territory. Speaking of which, all of the cars mentioned here have two more cylinders than the Ford GT does, which is rather uncanny.
The ace up the 2017 Ford GT’s sleeve will be exclusivity. Production will be limited to 250 examples per year. Applications are accepted through May 12 and the peeps who bought the previous-gen Ford GT new and held onto it until now will be treated preferentially. In other words, us mortals can't have one.
2017 Ford GT Configurator Fires Up