2011 Ford Shelby GT500 First DriveEnlarge Photo
Sometimes special cars have high demands. When the 1987 Ferrari F40 was introduced, it was going to have a limited production and built for 1987 only, but demand was so high that production continued until over 1,300 were produced into 1989. Ford is seeing similar high demand with the newly engineered, GT500, but unlike the F40 it will continue to be produced.
Ford announced today that those wanting a new GT500 might have to wait until 2012, as the 2011 model year will be limited to 5500 cars. There are 3300 orders already placed for the car according to the company, so there are only 2200 cars left for this next batch.
The reason why there is so much clamor for the 2011 GT500 is the same for the rest of the Mustang range: serious, performance oriented upgrades. The previous GT500’s engine used an iron block, but the new one uses an aluminum block instead. This removes 102 pounds from the front end, making the GT500 handle so much better to that the point that it the car, equipped with the SVT Performance Pack, produced a 10 second improvement at the Virginia International Raceway.
It’s too early to tell if the demand will increase to the point that all orders will be filled, but if Ford is limiting the production it probably will.