I must admit I was a bit surprised to learn that it's just underway, but Ford of Canada is beginning to deliver the first batch of GT supercars to a small group of very lucky Canadian owners. One of these recipients, Richard L'Abbe, an Ottawa-based entrepreneur and racing enthusiast took delivery of his car at Calabogie Motorsports Park (a club racing circuit located near Ottawa that L'Abbe co-owns) yesterday.
According to Ford, L’Abbe is the second Canadian GT customer to receive his car, a Liquid Blue copy. More Canadian deliveries are planned – the company declined to say how many – and I was told they will be 2017 models. Production for 2018 has yet to begin, but a company spokesman told me that roughly one car per day is rolling off the line at Multimatic Inc., Ford’s long-time partner that’s being contracted to build the GT in Markham, Ontario. In total, 1,000 GTs (250 per year) will be built for model years 2017-2020.
As for L’Abbe’s delivery taking place at a race track, well, that’s something he arranged through the GT concierge service, which walks customers through the entire process, from the application through customization to delivery and ownership. All GT sales are connected to a store, but given L’Abbe’s role as a partner at the Calabogie circuit (which, incidentally, is one of the tracks where the GT logged test miles while it was in development), he chose to receive his car there instead of at Kanata Ford, which processed the sale.
You might want to know how much L’Abbe paid. I’d like to know too, but Ford isn’t disclosing a Canadian MSRP, so I’ll post the U.S. list price ($450,000) and you can perform the conversion.
Whatever L’Abbe paid, judging by the smile on his face, I'd say it’s money well spent.
BASIC SPECIFICATIONS – 2017 Ford GT
BASE PRICE: $450,000 (USD)
ENGINE: 3.5L twin-turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost V6
HORSEPOWER / TORQUE: 647 hp @ 6,250 rpm / 550 lb-ft. @ 5,900 rpm
CONFIGURATION: mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch, paddle-shift automatic
0-100 KM/H: N/A
TOP TRACK SPEED: 346 km/h
Photography courtesy of Ford Motor Company of Canada