The Ford GT production run is now twice as long

Ford has announced the production run for the new GT has been extended from two to four years in light of greater customer demand.

The carbon fibre Ford GT was originally meant to be produced between 2017 and 2018 but now that time period has been doubled, taking the run until the end of 2019. Its Ford GT race programme has also been extended to four years.

That means the 6,500-odd requests for the Ford GT may end up being fulfilled (partially, anyway) and that those who were unlucky the first time in securing one have another chance.

The third year of production will be allocated to people who missed out on the first run of cars, in fact, and the fourth year to new customers with deep enough pockets and a love of blue oval motoring.

“We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand,” Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak said.

He added: “While we can’t build enough Ford GTs for everyone who has applied, we are going to produce additional vehicles in an effort to satisfy more of our most loyal Ford ambassadors.”

The Ford GT is the third-generation of the supercar, which is the modern successor to the much-revered GT40 that was named after the fact it measured 40 inches in height. A 3.5-litre EcoBoost gives the new Ford GT more than 600PS and costs around £400,000.