Production of the Ford GT could go on longer than originally expected as Ford Performance and Multimatic work to build the full 1,000-car run, Motor Authority reports. The hand-built, $450,000-plus carbon-fiber supercar had a slow ramp-up in 2017, owing largely to the fact Multimatic had never before produced a car on such a “large” scale, and as a result, customer deliveries by this point have fallen pretty far short of initial projections.
Multimatic is on-track to build 250 Ford GT units in 2018, meeting its annual target for the first time since production began late in 2016. Last year, the company completed just 138 examples of the highly-coveted supercar, only hitting its one-car-per-business-day goal toward the middle of the year.
“This is a hand-built supercar, which we are committed to deliver flawlessly,” a Ford spokesperson told Motor Authority. “We built into our process an extended ramp-up due to several factors such as global homologation testing and supplier constraints.” A follow-up phone call revealed that the special, limited “Victory” paint scheme, which was only offered to employees of Ford Motor Company and was meant to commemorate the automaker’s 2016 class win at Le Mans, created another delay for the supercar.
Despite the slowdowns, Ford GT production is now proceeding at the pace Ford and Multimatic will require to meet their planned total production run, although it looks like it will take longer than initially expected to reach 1,000 units. Assuming Multimatic produces 250 cars this year, and again in 2019 and 2020, they will have built a total of roughly 900 cars, Motor Authority notes.
But no matter how long it takes, Ford is “sticking to our initial commitment of 1,000 vehicles,” a spokesperson told the outlet.