Dealers Must Buy $30,000 Trailer to Service Ford GT
Ford has already done a pretty fair amount to set up the expectation that the new GT supercar is not a thing for just anyone, from requiring that prospective owners fill out an application and consider whether or not they might qualify as an “influencer of public opinion” to limiting the 2017 and 2018 production runs to 250 vehicles spread out over 20 or so different countries. It would only stand to reason that Ford wants to take steps to ensure that servicing these rare beasts is every bit the exclusive process that owning one will turn out to be.
According to a document obtained by AllFordMustangs, it is going to cost dealerships more than $30,000 to upgrade their facilities in order to perform even the most basic work on a 2017/18 Ford GT. This investment includes equipment up to and including a specialized enclosed car trailer for transporting the GT on pickup and delivery that costs $30,000, as well as untold costs for training to certify technicians to service the GT.
The whole thing kind of reads like a pop star’s mile-long rider. In terms of service, maintenance and light repairs must be performed by a technician specifically trained in the Ford GT, more complex repairs require technical assistance via telephone from a Multimatic tech. If repairs are too extensive, a Multimatic “Fly-in Doctor” must be sent in to work on-site (the customer ultimately foots the cost for their travel and labor), and the most extensive damage—including collision repairs, transportation damage beyond bolt on parts, major powertrain repairs, and repairs that require splitting the back half of the car from the vehicle tub assembly—requires that the vehicle be sent to Multimatic in Ontario.
Other quirky bits include the mandate that a Ford GT never be parked outside of a building and that certified dealerships have a special “clean room” work bay specifically for Ford Performance vehicles. At least there’s nothing in here about the oxygen content in the air or regulating the diets of the technicians to ensure that the oils on their skin don’t accidentally smudge the car too much.
While a great deal of these requirements seem to be geared toward preserving the integrity of these rare cars, some of the other bits seem catered toward ensuring that the Ford GT customer does not need to concern themselves with the notion of having to take their precious supercar to Joe’s Transmission and Tire on the corner of Rundown and Dilapidated in the Middle of Nowhere, USA. Still, if you’re dropping $450,000+ on an exotic sports car, were you really going to do that anyway?
Check pages from the leaked document over at AllFordMustangs.