Ford is recalling almost every GT ever made thanks to a persistent risk of fire while driving.
For the past year, Ford has been slowly selling their GT supercar just as fast as Ontario-based Multimatic can manufacture them. In order to meet their 1,000 car production run, Ford has extended the GT’s production run to well into 2019, and it might even go into 2020.
But we haven’t heard of any particular technical issues with the GT--only that production is still ramping up. Except for one somewhat alarming issue that came up earlier this year.
According to Jalopnik, a German GT spontaneously burst into flame while driving around Munich last June. The driver was able to escape unscathed, but his Ford GT was a complete write-off. But it was still under warranty, so Ford took the burnt out hulk and tried to figure out just what exactly went wrong.
A few months later and we have our answer. The hydraulic motors that actuate the rear wing were found to be leaky, spilling hydraulic fluid onto the hot engine bay and exhaust. This fluid is flammable, so after a few minutes driving the exhaust gets hot enough to ignite and it’s bye-bye GT.
Ford is now out to fix the problem with a recall. The recall affects all GTs built between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018. This amounts to a total of 176 cars in the United States and 18 cars in Canada. According to AutoGuide, there are 191 total GTs in the United States, so that amounts to nearly the entire US fleet.
As usual, Ford will notify affected owners and get them to come in for a number of possible repairs. Engineers will check valves, o-rings, filters, and even install new software that “eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly.” Whatever that is.
If you’re a lucky Ford GT owner, please bring your GT in for service. A random chance at an engine fire is nothing to sneeze at.