Arrival of the Carbon Series means there is now a three-model GT family. As well as the GT Competition, a GT Heritage model, complete with Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, was announced just two weeks ago to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 winning the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans.
The GT programme was first announced in 2015 with a single model and a limited production run of 500 cars. But when applications to buy the fastest street legal Ford ever made closed in May 2016 the GT offer was oversubscribed six times. Interest in the car only increased when the GT won the LM GTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2016.
Ford doubled production to 1,000 cars but now with the Carbon Series and GT Heritage is boosting that again to 1,350 cars, extending production by two years to 2022. Ford says it can make one special model a week.
“The Ford GT Carbon Series is yet another example of how we can bring to life our Le Mans-winning supercar in new and exciting ways so our customers can share in that magical legacy,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance.
What Ford says will be the final owner application process for the GT opens for 30 days on November 8 2018, with prospective owners able to submit their purchase requests online at www.FordGT.com
Since Ford started delivering the car to customers in January 2017 it is thought that 80 cars have gone to European owners.