DETROIT — About 6,000 people who want to buy a $400,000-plus Ford GT will get a rejection letter instead.
Ford Motor Co. today said it received 6,506 completed applications for the first 500 GTs. More than 4,000 applications were started since Ford started accepting them a month ago but never fully submitted before Thursday’s deadline.
“We’re excited by the amount of enthusiasm fans are showing for the new Ford GT,” Dave Pericak, the director of Global Ford Performance, said in a statement. “This initial application window is just one of many ways fans and potential owners will have to connect with our all-new supercar even before it hits the streets.”
Ford said it would begin reviewing applications and notifying those selected within the next 90 days. Multimatic Motorsports will build 250 of the carbon-fiber supercars a year — about one a day — at a facility in Markham, Ontario.
Ford has said it wants the cars to be bought by people who will actually drive them and help generate attention for the brand rather than by collectors who will hide them in a garage.
Current and prior ownership of a GT or other Ford vehicle is among the factors being considered by the panel of executives evaluating applicants, some of whom posted videos on YouTube in the hopes of helping their chances.
Some show applicants driving their previous-generation GT. One man used a camera on his forehead to film himself running errands and taking his infant to the beach. Another showed himself getting crowds at car shows revved up with the GT’s arrival.
“As soon as I start the engine I can feel the adrenaline flow in my veins,” Michael Murray, who identified himself as a retired race-car driver and owner of a 2005 GT, said in his five-minute video.
Many of the videos are amateur productionsshot on smartphones. Some are extremely professional, such as the three-part video for applicant Frank Horton, who had an actor portray a moonwalking mechanic to advocate for him.
“As for what he plans to do with this fine piece of machinery, I can tell you this,” the mechanic says. “He will never modify it into a ‘Tronstrosity,’ hide it in some Garage Mahal, or treat it like a trailer queen. No, Frank Horton will do what only a respectable car-collecting, restoring, showing, tracking, racing, Ford-for-life man would do: Drive the hell out of it.”