If you’ve got an extra $400,000 to spend and missed the application deadline for the new Ford GT—or got rejected by virtue of a deeply saddening letter—chin up, kid! Ford announced that it will make additional cars to satisfy demand, and it looks like they may double the original count.
In a statement from Ford on Friday, the company it would extend production on the car for two additional years. The original production number for the new Ford GT was 500 and the factory currently produces the cars at a rate of 250 per year, so that could mean a total of 1,000 Ford GTs produced—twice the number of the original plans.
That doesn’t guarantee any of us will get one, though. More than 6,500 people completed an application to purchase the car, and the majority of them got letters detailing their rejection or waitlist status in return. The newly added third and fourth year of production will service those folks, while also going along with Ford’s commitment to race in IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship for four years.
The third year of production will focus on applicants Ford placed on its waitlist, while year four will go to the rejects and the people who slept through Ford’s application deadline. Applications for the fourth year of production are set to open in early 2018, and those who originally applied to get the car just have to update their request in order to submit it.
That means if current Ford GT rejects haven’t had their attention stolen by some other prestigious car in two years, they’ve already done the work—well, maybe not on the financial side—to get the car and can click a few buttons to get back in the running. From the Ford statement:
“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,” says Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We want to keep Ford GT exclusive, but at the same time we know how vital this customer is to our brand.”
The extended production also means more cars for Ford dealers to service, which probably isn’t the best news for those qualified to do the work—from some leaked internal documents, it seems like the new car will be an absolute nightmare to service.
Regardless, for those who missed the application deadline or got shot down by Ford almost faster than you could finish the application, this is a reminder to put the 2018 application reopening on your calendar. Buy some lottery tickets before then, do a few rituals to ward off bad energy and let us know how it goes.
Godspeed to you all.