Even as it remains shrouded in mystery, the Ford GT is still one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the year. But buying one won’t be easy.
It isn’t the price, which hasn’t even been announced, that makes it difficult to purchase. According to reports, some prospective owners have simply handed Ford execs blank checks. And celebrities like Justin Verlander and Jay Leno have pestered their blue oval contacts to get an inside track. But Ford wants to know, “How much do you really want it?”
According to the Detroit News, the automaker is asking car buyers to fill out an online application for the chance to purchase one of the 250 GTs that will be available toward the end of this year. The goal is to reward loyal Ford customers and to find people who will actually drive the cars instead of trying to resell them.
Ford product chief Raj Nair told the paper, “We want to prioritize people who are going to care about the car, keep the car and drive the car.”
If you combined college applications with asking a girlfriend’s dad to marry his daughter, you’d get an idea of the process. Applicants will be made to sign a document agreeing not to sell the GT for a certain amount of time and detailing how many Ford cars they’ve owned previously, their social media presence, and their driving intentions for the car. (I hope someone fills that section out with, “Burnouts. Lots and lots of burnouts.”)
The chosen ones will get to drive one of the coolest American supercars to hit the market in recent years. After it was announced at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, a white version showed up at this year’s event. Specs on the car are hard to come by, other than that it will have more than 600 horsepower coming from a twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. The cars are being released this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GTs taking all three podium spots at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
See more pictures of the Ford GT below.