► You can get in line for a Ford GT now
► 500 available initially, so move quickly
► Buyers will be vetted by Ford itself
Keen to get your hands on a new Ford GT? Then sit yourself down: you're going to have to go through a lengthy initial application process, containing some 70 questions, that Ford will use to identify and vet potential customers.
That's right – only 500 GTs are going to be available in the first two years, and an application process is in place to 'help identify potential Ford GT owners who will celebrate the Ford brand'.
'The purchase process for the Ford GT is as unique as our all-new supercar,' said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. 'We understand GT customers are strong ambassadors for Ford Motor Company and we look forward to providing them a service as distinct as the car itself.'
You'll be expected to cough up a fair whack for a new GT, too. Official pricing has yet to be announced but various sources are reporting prices in the region of €500,000 to €550,000 (approximately £400,000 to £440,000). That puts the cost of the GT above the likes of the £339k Ferrari F12 tdf, for example.
A total of 799 F12 tdfs were built, however, whereas total Ford GT production numbers are yet to be confirmed. Ford says it can build 250 a year, but how long production will continue for beyond the initial two-year run is unknown.
Two special editions appear to be in the works as well, but there are no formal details yet.
What does the application process involve?
Quite a long form, consisting of around 70 fields that most applicants will have to be able to fill in order to ensure a real chance of nabbing a GT. You have to enter all the usual details, including your name and address, but the line of questioning soon spirals off into more relevant areas.
First up are some seemingly key criteria. You are asked if you owned a GT previously, whether you support any Ford-affiliated charities, if you are a collector and what kind of influence you carry.
It then moves into asking you what kind of relationship you've had with Ford, past and present, in order to establish whether you would be a 'prime candidate' for GT ownership. You are quizzed about your business fleet, whether it consists of Ford products, and what kind of 'strategic alliance' your company has with Ford.
The application then delves into questioning you about three vehicle-related charities or contributions that you, or your company, have personally made. Then the form requests details of your existing collection, its value, your motorsports activities and more.
In fact, almost 75% of the questions are aimed at establishing your relationship to Ford and what worth you might have as an individual – both personally and to the brand.
I've the cash and I'm ready to roll. Where do I go?
You need to head over to FordGT.com, scroll all the way to the bottom and begin the application process. The web-based service will be closed on 12 May, after which Ford will being processing the applications to pick out the select few.
Presumably, after the initial web applications have been filtered, Ford will begin contacting customers individually to assess the seriousness of their intent to buy. It's safe to assume that one thing the company is keen to avoid is people getting their hands on a GT, only to immediately sell it for a profit...
Read more about the Ford GT here