Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI, US) is determining who will receive the Ford GT super cars that will be sold later this year, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.
Ford unveiled on Jan. 12 the all new GT, an ultra-high performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction (see “Ford introduces composites-intensive Ford GT carbon fiber supercar,” CW Jan. 2015 | http://www.compositesworld.com/news/ford-introduces-composites-intensive-ford-gt-carbon-fiber-supercar).
The company is limiting production to 250 a year for sale globally and would not say how many model years are planned but it "does have a finite life,” according to the article. As the company is in discussion of “who gets the cars,” it is warning dealers in North America not to take orders or price gouge.
The GT supercar features rearwheel drive, a midmounted engine and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a nextgeneration twinturbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 hp. The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling good acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
The company called on Canadian-based Multimatic to make the GTs due to the company's expertise with carbon fiber.
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