Even if you wanted to, you can’t buy a Ford GT. At least, not from your local dealer’s showroom.

Prospective buyers have to apply to own a GT and those deemed worthy will be given the privilege of dropping £280,000-plus on one of the most hotly anticipated supercars of recent years.

The GT comes during the 50th anniversary year of Ford’s first triumph at the Le Mans 24 Hours, a race the marque will return to this year – the GT makes its European race debut this weekend in the first round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine that is expected to produce around 600bhp – more than the race car – while the carbonfibre chassis is clothed in bodywork shaped by cutting-edge aerodynamic thinking.

Ford intends to build just 250 GTs a year; the first round of orders (applications close in May) will fill out the first two years of production.

Though you can’t own one, you can at least play with the configurator. We’ve had a go, taking inspiration from the car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon to victory at Le Mans in ’66. Like that legendary machine, ours is black with silver stripes. We’ve added gloss carbonfibre exterior trim and 20in carbon wheels, again with a gloss finish. Orange brake calipers add a splash of colour.

Inside, we’ve gone for a similar theme, with black upholstery and orange trim – ‘Launch Control’, Ford calls it.

Have a go yourself by clicking here, and show us your design.

By Only Motors