Beginning on April 13th, Ford began a month long window for buyers to submit applications to purchase the all new limited edition Ford GT. In that time frame, 6,506 orders were received – far greater than the 500 GTs Ford will produce for the 2017 and 2018 model years. Dave Pericak, director of Global Ford Performance, said, “We’re excited by the amount of enthusiasm fans are showing for the new Ford GT.” However now the process begins of selecting the legitimate prospective owners for the $400,000+ supercar, powered by Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The move to power the car with an EcoBoost V6 aligns with Ford’s strategy to market the EcoBoost engines across their entire line of vehicles, notable with the 2.3L EcoBoost in the new Mustang. Preference for orders will be given to previous GT owners, last produced from 2004 to 2007.
Many may not understand the importance of the production of supercars by major automakers, or comprehend why these companies might pour millions of dollars into a design that they may not recuperate. Yet the purpose of the supercar is two fold: to win the hearts of customers and enthusiasts, and to showcase new technologies that may become more widespread in the future. One of these new technologies might be the Corona Ignition System, which I included in my journal here.