Ford’s thunderous GT supercar was launched to much fanfare about four months ago, but are the wheels about to come off as recall rumours are confirmed?

Ford’s thunderous GT supercar was launched to much fanfare about four months ago, but are the wheels about to come off as recall rumours are confirmed?

The recall was confirmed on Tuesday after a flaw was discovered in a suspension control arm during a routine inspection. The recall affects all 448 GTs produced this year, of which more than 100 are already with customers.

Ford spokeswoman Kirsten Kinley said a casting problem had caused the glitch, but the company was developing a new casting process and would then produce new control arms. The cars could be off the road for weeks, she said.

The GT is the spiritual successor to the iconic GT40, which took the world by storm in the ’60s after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

Company chief executive Bill Ford has admitted that the car is not expected to be a money spinner for the company. Ford vowed to produce only 1 500 units of the 373 kW supercar over two years.

The mass recall will do much to water-down the marketing campaign. The car was designed to enhance Ford’s faltering brand image, even though few would be able to own one. But observers have noted that the reincarnation would not necessarily appeal to the Blue Oval’s current largely conservative client base.