Ford GT Deliveries Begin

Photo: Nick Busato/Ford

Photo: Nick Busato/Ford

The first road-going version of the 2017 Ford GT rolled off the line on Friday, marking the beginning of production for the American supercar.

In a new, low-volume assembly facility at Multimatic in Markham, Ontario, Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer, marked today’s milestone by driving a Ford GT off the assembly line.

It came nearly a month following the conclusion of the race car’s first year of competition in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, where it achieved class wins in both series, including at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“When we kicked off 2016, we had two primary objectives for our Ford GT supercar – to excel at Le Mans, and to start deliveries before year-end,” says Nair. “We’ve achieved both.”

“For everyone involved in designing and developing this car, including all of our employees and suppliers, this is a moment to celebrate.

“The all-new Ford GT is a showcase of our strength in innovation and our commitment to delivering more for our customers – especially related to light-weight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technologies.”

The Ford GT was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015. Less than two years later, Ford Performance is now delivering the first cars to customers around the globe.

The FIA gave Ford a waiver to race this year, having failed to reach the minimum 100 production cars produced by the last race of the WEC season in Bahrain last month.

17 Comments

  1. WBrowning

    December 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Well maybe now the corvette fanboys will stop the Ford GT = Prototype B.S. since they will finally be on the road, but I doubt it.
    Wish I could afford or qualify to buy one of them.

    • Corvette Fan Boy #2

      December 16, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      The prototype remarks from my point of view stem more from the fact that the design of the car is far closer related to that of a prototype race car, than the lack of road going cars. Although the fact that its taken nearly two years to build one, and so few will actually be made/delivered goes along with it. Racing a homologation special against mass market cars that sell more in a month, than Ford will ever sell GT’s.

      • Bakkster

        December 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        Well, that’s the whole point of BoP, so mass market ‘proper’ GT cars can race against the high-end sports cars (don’t overlook Ferrari or McLaren in this category).

        I’m just sad we didn’t get a picture of all the road cars lined up for FIA homologation, like we had with the Porsche 917. Somewhere in the 90s the FIA stopped enforcing homologation quantities and that’s a shame, IMO. Not because I’m mad about them competing, but because it makes for a better story and achievement on the part of the OEM.

      • RobLomas

        December 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

        But there will be lots of Ford Gt’s. Even if they are made out of Lego, admittedly. 😉

  2. Corvette fan boy

    December 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Great waste of a post

    • NaBUru38

      December 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      The Ford GT is 200 kg lighter than the Corvette, so yours is the one that wastes more.

  3. Matt

    December 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    650hp in today’s world of extremely powerful supercars is not that much. This car looks great but I think it’ll be slow in comparison to the Porsche 918, La Ferrari, and Mclaren P1

    • Shane

      December 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      It’s also half the price. That comparison is pointless. Those cars are not the Ford GT’s competition.

      • Jake

        December 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm

        Thats the Irony, what is the $450k GT’s competition then? Is it the $80k Z06? The $200k 911 GT3? The $270 $488? Your exact argument is the GT’s problem. Its not fast enough to compete with Hypercars, and its far too explensive to be compared with the supercars its performance will be far closer too. Without even being produced, its already failed!

        • Bakkster

          December 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm

          Actually, that’s why I prefer this Ford GT over the previous one.

          The old Ford GT was built to look like the GT40.

          The new Ford GT was build to accomplish the same thing as the GT40: win Le Mans.

          I don’t have to like the way the FIA/ACO ran Le Mans this year to give Ford props for going back to the old-school homologation-special route for the GT.

    • gtgianlu

      December 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Probably because the cars you point out run an electric motor too which the Gt hasn’t got

  4. Jason

    December 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I don’t know why Ford wants to make this car so accessible. Corvette is a icon because they got sportscars that are accessible by anybody who is making a darn good enough living. More everyday people drive Corvette C7’s and the car corrals show that.

    Despite my opinion I am a fan of all GTLM and GT3 machinery.

    • WBrowning

      December 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      I think you meant to say inaccessible, as they will make no more than 2000 copies of this Ford GT. I think it will be closer to 750.

      I too would rather see them produce an accessible two-seat sports car that would compete financially with Corvette and Porsche, rather than the unobtainable (for even top 10%) McLaren, Ferrari, Lambo, etc.

      A mid-engine, mid-tech, Coyote or Voodoo V8 powered modern Pantera type car would have been awesome. Actually you can build one, from Factory Five, but it doesn’t have air bags, anti-lock brakes, etc.

    • Truth

      December 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Corvette is the “sports car” for the retired plumber.

  5. Hugh Matthew

    December 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve been in cars 30 yes it takes a lot for a car to move me came out a chev man well first was a 1965 cuda but win I Sean that car roll out I had a Chang of hart the inavashon of some of these companies and the drive to get it right and to boot I really in to oldies so for me well a car guy would know wow great job

  6. Jenner

    December 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Made in Canada. Wonder if Trump will change that in the future.

  7. David Palmeter

    December 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    A retro car with a 6-cylinder engine – a Falcon six?

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