As a GT owner, and club member, I find everyones comments and perceptions of the HO's very interesting.
Judging by comments coming out of Ford at the moment, I dont think we will see a HO for at least 2 years, and when we do, it will be a stripped down racer. By then, there is a possibility that Nations Cup has grown to a viewing level close to the V8 Supercars, and good results in that will offer a direct route to more car fans.
It will most likely be unreachable for most people, and substantially more expensive that the GT (unlike the originals), and be aimed fairly and squarly at the HRT 427.
What this all leads to is a difficult market. Offering a stripped down version of a car, for substantially more money, leads to a target group of people who can afford to have a 4th toy in the garage, thats name plate is more important that the car itself. Not a very big or open market, and a tough one to crack.
The only re-assuring thing about the whole process is that Ford are serious about muscle cars again, and look like they will not put the HO badge on anything that isnt seriously worthy of it. Personally, I dont care if it takes them 3 years to release it, if thats how long they need to get it right.
So I guess it comes down to how much people are prepared to pay for the HO badge. 40k more than a GT? 50k? 60k?
Chevs may go, but theres nothing like a HO!
Proud LSUG Member, and 9" Nodular Iron driveline test pilot.