Ford GT applications go live online this month. And it’s not as simple as filling out a form. (Ok, maybe it will be for fans like Justin Verlander and Jay Leno who are among those clamoring for one. Also, before we go any further, you should also know that some would-be owners have even handed Ford execs blank checks and told them to write in a number.)
Despite all of the above, everyone who wants one of Ford’s new GT supercars has seemingly been told the same thing: apply online.
The Dearborn automaker is serious about vetting its customers for one of the 250 GTs that will be available at the end of the year. Execs say the online applications, which will go live sometime in February, are meant to reward longtime Ford customers and ensure the cars will be used on the road, not kept in a museum or marked up and re-sold to the highest bidder.
So, yes, you can take that to mean that Ford will favor previous GT owners who like to actually drive, not just look at their cars.
“There’s a loyal following to the car,” says Raj Nair, Ford’s product chief. “We want to prioritize people who are going to care about the car, keep the car and drive the car.”
Ford also doesn’t want them to go to people who plan to turn around and sell them. So applicants will have to sign a legal document saying they won’t sell the vehicle for a certain amount of time to help prevent buyers from flipping them quickly for a profit. The application will also ask a bunch of questions, like how many Ford vehicles a person has previously owned, how active they are on social media, and how often they plan to drive it.
“It will try to understand what your relationship with Ford is,” Nair said.
Executives haven’t said for how long they’ll produce the supercars, but it’s expected that demand will be so high that, many who want one won’t be able to get one.
According to the The Detroit News, Brian Stormer, a 55-years-old from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is confident he’ll get one of the new GTs. He owns two 2006 GTs, works on the cars himself and has taken them to tracks around the world.
“There’s a lot of faithful Ford owners and they deserve these cars,” he said. “I don’t care if some guy has $20 million, I’d rather it go to a guy who’s going to enjoy it.”
Stormer was in Daytona with dozens of other GT owners Ford invited to the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway this past weekend.
“Ford GT owners are some really special people,” he said. “It’s like a brotherhood.”
Unfortunately, Ford’s GT lost out to the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR in last weekend’s race. Braking issues, blown tires and faulty transmissions that forced the sportsters back into the garage for hours of the marathon. Ford says many of the problems with both cars were new and had never before given the team trouble.