Built and designed alongside the racing version, the 2017 Ford GT road-legal variant has finally started rolling off the production line in Canada.
The first of the 2017 Ford GTs were driven off the production line by Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, global product development, and chief technical officer, at a ceremony in Ontario, Canada. The completion of the production of the first few GTs has been pegged as a huge milestone and is bang on schedule as promised by Ford earlier this year.
Ford Performance lineup has grown impressive over the years thanks the launch of Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R. The Ford GT is the last the join the line-up which will have as many as 12 members by 2020.
The 2017 Ford GT is a rear-wheel drive behemoth with a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever.
The 2017 Ford GT was shown off nearly two years back at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015 and while the period between the first unveil and the completion of production of the first 2017 Ford GT may seem to be a long one, as per auto industry standards it is pretty fast. Less than two years later, Ford Performance is now delivering the first cars to customers around the globe, the company said.
The event was marked as the Ford GT Job 1 ceremony wherein some of the top officials at Ford were present including Nair. Nair said that with the 2017 Ford GT officially produced, they have achieved their second milestone that they had sent for themselves for the year 2016, the first being winning Le Mans.
Nair described the event has a one to celebrate for all those who have been part of the process of creation of the 2017 Ford GT starting from employees to Ford’s suppliers. “When we kicked off 2016, we had two primary objectives for our Ford GT supercar – to excel at Le Mans, and to start deliveries before year-end,” says Nair. “We’ve achieved both.”
Nair described the new Ford GT as a showcase of Ford’s strength in innovation as well as commitment to delivery of cars that feature the best light-weight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technologies. Check out the video below: