Those who were hoping to buy the $450,000-plus Ford GT supercar, including the more-than-5,000 folks whose requests were denied the last time the Blue Oval accepted applications from hopeful buyers, will soon have another chance to make it onto the automaker’s VIP list. According to Motor Authority, Ford will begin accepting a second batch of GT buyers’ applications some time during the fourth quarter of 2018, selecting just 250 lucky souls deemed worthy of owning an example of the hand-built, Le Mans-winning supercar.
Ford remains committed to its initial plan of producing a total of 1,000 Ford GT supercars, although 750 of those have already been spoken for, being allotted to a fraction of the 6,506 complete buyers’ applications the automaker received in 2016. The criteria for selecting suitable buyers for the remaining 250 planned units will not change this time around; Ford is still seeking influential individuals with a strong media presence who can act as brand ambassadors, using the coveted supercar to give the automaker’s image a boost. Again, priority will be given to proven Ford-brand loyalists, and especially those who owned the previous-generation Ford GT built from 2004 to 2006.
What has changed is that applicants will be competing for a far smaller number of examples this time around. Hopeful buyers who submitted applications in 2016 but weren’t fortunate enough to be selected by the automaker will have the opportunity to update their applications, although Ford will be accepting bids from first-time applicants, as well. About the only people Ford won’t accept applications from are those who were already able to purchase the 647-horsepower supercar, and those who were approved only to later drop out.
The second-generation Ford GT is built by Ford Performance’s partner Multimatic Motorsports in Canada, with each example taking more than a week to complete. The company is perhaps best known for its high-performance DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers, which are in use on the Ford GT, as well as a handful of other production cars.