As expected, Ford’s CEO Mark Fields and his chairman Bill Ford Jr. were the first individuals to get their deliveries of the Ford’s latest halo car. Next in line are rich and famous celebrities that Ford carefully selected with a view of using them to market the GT. In this select list, it would be quite a surprise if Jay Leno was not among the first individuals to receive the GT. The Comedian is among the most famous car collectors on earth and particularly has a special place for Ford supercars. Leno even has a car television show dubbed “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Leno was not only among the first celebrities to get the model, but he got the model he so desired. Having got a 2005 GT with a #12 serial plate in 2005, the comedian turned car collector ordered the 12th model this time round to match with the 2005 one and Ford granted his wish. Read along to find what extras Jay Leno’s 2017 Ford GT has, and watch this episode of the popular show.
Leno is such a fan of Ford such that days after receiving his model, he has already put over a thousand miles on the GT. He ordered a black model with two orange go-faster stripes that seem to split the model into two. Other extras ordered by Leno include carbon fiber trimmed wheels and titanium lug nuts. The comedian, however, chose to stick with the model’s stock steel exhaust system which may be a hint that the optional titanium exhaust system does not result in a significant drop in weight or better exhaust sound note.
Jay Leno’s 2017 Ford GT from my point of view
I hear that the car also comes with an AM radio as standard, really Ford? In a world with satellite radio, how could designers opt for AM radio; who even listens to AM radio anymore? But on a closer analysis on most of the buyers of supercars, I have realized most are 60 years old and above meaning AM radio is still important to them; now I understand why the automaker made it a standard feature. Leno also added a protective film on almost all elements of the GT’s exterior, including its windshield.
Being an avid Le Mans fan, Leno has used the model to celebrate the GT’s recent class conquest during the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans; he has hooked the GT with a custom number plate that reads “BK2LMNS” that stands for “Back To Le Mans”.
I think Ford did right by making the new GT its own model, one different from the 2005 Ford GT. The designers did not even try to make the model a tribute to the legendary GT40. Unlike the 2005 model which was largely intended for the streets, the new model is first a racing car and then a street-going car. Its aerodynamics blends well with its stunning looks that are easily recognizable as a GT. Although it is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5 L, EcoBoost V-6 that is also used on the F-150 truck, Ford has gone to great lengths to boost the engine’s performance which they surely achieved as evidenced by the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans conquest. The mill produces 647 hp which helps the model dash from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Although he is an avid fan, Jay Leno also noted that the model is not as exotic as many would have wished; its sound system, for example, is not that impressive but he goes ahead to claim that this exoticness was not all that important. To him, the most important thing is the model’s outstanding chassis.
The GT has an MSRP of $400,000 but as you can bet, that is not an issue for all members. Ford will produce 250 units every year for four years meaning Jay Leno is very lucky to be among the first members to receive theirs.