By on November 8, 2016

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen the Ford GT Welcome Guide on the Internet, but this is the first time you’ve read color commentary from a renowned journalist autoblogger connected to a GT purchase via his brother’s future acquisition.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

This page is both exciting and reassuring — it’s all about adding structure to the uneducated guesses on when TTAC’s Ford GT will reach production! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Such uplifting words thrust an unreachably high halo car further into the rarified air of a multi-national corporation’s spirit animal.  Like, awesome…so when are we getting one? 

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

“Our” Ford GT Concierge’s first interaction aims to hook us up with a date for our allocation, because reading this is gut-wrenchingly torturous.

First world problems, man. THEY REAL!

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Jalopnik already posted these numbers, so to The Powers That Be in Dearborn: remember, my brother wasn’t behind this.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Preferred dealer? 

Already done! Thanks to my full time gig that I’d never astroturf on TTAC, our selling dealer is a GT Authorized service center with five-plus of these beasties to be delivered. Most of this can be credited to my brother’s reputation within the Ford GT community (giving further insight into why he got one).

Bourdain was right about my city’s diversity and misplaced underdog status — plus, we might have the largest volume of Ford GT dealerships!

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Shut up brain, shut up shutupshutupshutup… Just because I think something doesn’t mean I Vellum Venom it without seeing it in the flesh.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

The first sentence is a bit superfluous, no?

I reckon the U.S.-spec models will roll off the Multimatic Assembly Line first (because ‘Murica!) and all U.S. dealers will have their “certification” ducks in a row faster than any other country.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor CompanyArgh…but when does this nine-month period begin?

Granted, we have plenty of classic/specialty car irons in the fire (First World Problems), but what about TTAC’s loyal readership? They deserve to know!

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Oh no, there’s a clay model. Those always make me wanna don my car design hat and get all neurotic about car design. I have a problem and (some) people love reading about it!

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Ordering kit? Barring any surprises to the Ford GT Forum peeps, my brother already knows what he wants.

Preferred Selling Dealer/Deliver Location? Done.

Extended Color Palette? More on that later.

Ordering Appointment? We’re patiently waiting for said window to open.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Ya know, how cool would it be for “our concierge” to involve TTAC’s readers via YouTube updates? 

That would win all the social medias available to mankind (just don’t make Doug our concierge). Actually, that could be pretty awesome!  

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Now, about that “extended color palette”.  The Ford GT Forum mentioned Axalta as Multimatic’s paint supplier, so I spoke to my contact over there.  No promises, but they were receptive to making us a one-off color if needed. Probably not brown (sadly), but we could have the ultimate Blue Oval unicorn.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

While many people — mainly on the Internet — beg to differ about the EcoBoost engine, it’s hard to be even remotely critical of Mr. Pericak’s statement. 

At least, not when you’re on the receiving end of one.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

This isn’t your average UAW/Ford assembly line, right?  If you’ve ever experienced factory tours for vehicles of varying price points, just know that craft builds like the Ford GT won’t work that way. 

That includes a “regular” assembly line in Zuffenhausen!

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

“Oh, now you’re worried about what you write on the Internet?  After all we went through, how dare you turn your back on the lessons learned in car design school?”

— Sajeev’s Brain

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

I’d love to take delivery straight from Multimatic, party in Toronto with TTAC peeps, then drive to Houston in a fully broken-in Ford GT. 

And how many Coffee Crisps can I fit in the trunk/frunk anyway?

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

The word “supercar” gets thrown around almost as often as the phrase “muscle car.” But here it rings true on my keyboard, and I reckon that’s true for everyone reading this.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

I wonder how telematically connected and OnStar-like these whips will be in relation to the mothership’s? More to the point:  

“Hi, this is your Ford GT concierge! It looks like you’re trying to drive into a lake, can we assist you?”

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Or maybe this is a throwback to 1970s supercars, as LP400 owners were surely treated in such a high regard. At any rate, I’d like to think that.

Ford GT Welcome Guide, Image: Ford Motor Company

Perhaps I’ve spent too many years chasing too many college degrees via standardized tests, but why doesn’t this say “this page intentionally left blank“?

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