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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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Auto News: Ford GT Orders, New Pickup Crash Tests

Auto News: Ford GT Orders, New Pickup Crash Tests

FORD OPENS GT ORDER BOOKS

We’re a step closer to seeing a new Fort GT on the road. That’s because the order books are officially open.

Wednesday, Ford started taking online applications for its all-new Ford GT supercar. They are very limited production models. As in, the automaker will build just 500 of them in the first two years of production, that means 250 per year.

Ford also won’t be handing out the keys to one to just anyone. Owners will have to be approved. The application process is designed to identify potential Ford GT owners who are really ambassadors of the Ford brand (hint, it will help a lot if you’ve owned a GT in the past.) The application asks things like how you’re involved with the automaker, if you’re a collector or if you’re a motorsport enthusiast, and so on.


Oh, and you’ll also need to ante up the $450,000 it will cost to buy one. They’ll be offered in eight exterior color and seven different stripe options. You can submit an application at FordGT.com.

IIHS: NEW PICKUP CRASH TESTS

New pickup crash tests are in from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and they were tough on full-size trucks. In fact, only one earned a Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCab achieved the highest rating in the small overlap crash tests, receiving an overall good rating. Researchers say all of the pickups except the F-150 had moderate to severe intrusion into the driver footwell area.

The Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Toyota Tundra Double Cabs earned acceptable marks.  Besides the F-150, the Silverados and their GMC Sierra twins are the only other pickups available with an optional forward collision warning system that earns a basic rating for front crash prevention.

The worst-performing pickups in the small overlap test are the Ram 1500 Crew Cab and the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Both earn a marginal rating overall and a poor rating for structure. The force of the crash pushed the door-hinge pillar, instrument panel and steering column back toward the driver dummy.

IIHS plans to test the redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan and Honda Ridgeline later this year.

For more on the test results head to IIHS.

Photo Credit: Ford