When the Ford GT was revealed early in 2015, the Blue Oval brand announced it would build just 1 000 units. But now, claiming "overwhelming" demand, the American manufacturer has decided to up the supercar's total production number to 1 350 units.

"The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with demand outstripping supply more than six-to-one,” said Hermann Salenbauch, director, Ford Performance.

“By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers."

The high demand persists despite the 482 kW/746 N.m 3,5-litre twin-turbo V6 supercar (which we drove in the United States back in May 2017) costing approximately $450 000 (R6,5 million).

Ford says it will re-open the "final owner application process" for select global markets on 8 November 2018, with prospective owners having the chance to submit their applications for a period of 30 days. Previous unsuccessful applicants, the brand says, need to confirm or modify their original application to be considered in this latest window.

The company also recently announced a new Ford GT Heritage Edition model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 with a limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, including a Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme.