While the decision to force hopeful Ford GT buyers through a strict application process in order to secure a car was an unprecedented move from Ford, it was one that makes a certain amount of sense. This time around, the Ford GT was designed around a carbon-fiber monocoque, with all manner of other advanced, hard-to-come-by features necessarily limiting production to just 500 examples for its first two years.
The 2005-’06 Ford GT that preceded it was rare, but not that rare.
As you might expect, then, it seems as though Ford has favored applicants with a certain amount of social media clout; the more high-profile butts the automaker can get into the all-new Ford GT, the more (essentially free) positive press the company figures it can generate. Keep that in mind as you peruse this list of notable Ford GT applicants, populated thanks to the guys at Road & Track:
|Deadmau5||House Music Producer/Performer||Accepted|
|C.J. Wilson||MLB Pitcher, Owner of CJ Wilson Racing||Accepted|
|Amy Macdonald||Scottish Singer/Songwriter||Accepted|
|“Shmee,” a.k.a. Tim Burton||Operator of “Shmee150” car-focused YouTube channel||Accepted|
|Brooks||Operator of “DragTimes” car-focused YouTube channel||Accepted|
|Sanjay Mehta||Brother of The Truth About Cars writer Sajeev Mehta||Accepted|
|Jay Leno*||You know who he is||Unknown|
|Classic Car Club Manhattan||Private club for exotic and performance vehicle enthusiasts||Unknown|
|Rob Ferretti**||Operator of “Super Speeders” car-focused YouTube channel||Denied|
|Alejandro Salomon**||Operator of “Salomondrin” car-focused YouTube channel||Denied|
*We can’t confirm whether Jay Leno actually ever applied for the new Ford GT, but it seems likely.
**It’s worth noting that, as Road & Track points out, both of these hugely-popular, denied applicants have owned Ford GT supercars in the past. We’d be interested to know why they were rejected by the automaker this round.