Ford GT Production Hits A Speed Bump, Deliveries Now Delayed
It’s a minor delay, so don’t start pulling your hair outby Kirby Garlitos, on
The lucky lot who managed to secure reservations for the Ford GT will now have to wait a little longer before taking delivery of their supercar. That’s the word according to Ford itself, which announced delays in the production due to what it described as “craftsmanship requirements.” According to Automotive News, the Blue Oval sent a letter to would-be GT owners, explaining that the cause of delay was tied to supplier constraints and homologation testing brought about by the increased production of the car. As such, adjustments are being made on the timetable of the delivery of the cars.
Ford didn’t elaborate on anything more than saying the ramp-up process to get all of its suppliers in line are almost complete. Likewise, an updated delivery timetable will be sent to customers within a week, so those who are getting anxious because of this deal can breathe a little easier now. It doesn’t appear to be a major issue, but simply a case of Ford getting its production logistics in order before proceeding with the build. Once the ramp-up phase is smoothed out, the company still expects to build one GT a day for its expecting customers. Of the 250 planned units for the year, 50 models have been built and delivered to their new owners. Soon enough, the rest will have their days too, but not after waiting a little longer than they anticipated.
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Patience is a virtue
I understand the urge to be anxious over the delays in production of the Ford GT. I’d probably feel the same way, too, having paid $450,000 for the supercar.
As a customer, I understand the urge to be anxious over the delays in production of the Ford GT. I’d probably feel the same way, too, having paid $450,000 for the supercar. But as far as I’m concerned, I don’t think this is going to be a major cause of trouble for Ford since it appears that the automaker is just getting its production logistics in order before it re-starts production. That happens far more often than people realize and it hardly breaks any kind of news item. The only reason why this is news is because the car in question is the Ford GT.
I’d actually be a little more worried if Ford had kept this issue in the dark, only to bring it up once the delays start happening. By issuing a preemptive letter to prospective owners, the automaker is making a gesture of good faith here, something that is far more often in short supply in this business. Even better, the letter itself was signed by Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak and global marketing manager Henry Ford III. That tells you that this is an issue that Ford’s addressing before it becomes a source of headaches for the company.
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So no, I’m not worried about this delay, even though I do understand how some people might be irked about getting the GT later than expected. It’s still arriving after all, and it’s better that it arrive in tip-top condition rather than getting built under sub-optimal conditions. If I’m paying $450,000 for this car, I wouldn’t mind waiting a little while longer if it means I’m getting my absolute money’s worth.
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Source: Automotive News