New Ford GT Ready for All Driving Conditions
The all-new Ford GT will come equipped with five driver-selectable drive modes that can quickly tune performance for almost any condition – from street to track to foul weather.
Ford Performance engineers easily coaxed 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque from a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6. Take a lighter engine that is more efficient, mount it mid-engine and plant that power to the rear-wheels through a 7-speed and watch it dance rings around the new Acura NSX, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari 458 among others.
Ford Performance heard the criticism from drivers about just how difficult it could be to get the most out of their supercar. “We focused on simplifying the experience,” says Derek Bier, Ford GT manager. “Optimizing this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.”
Modes include Normal for everyday driving, Wet for when the roads are slick with rain, Sport for turning up the excitement level on a favorite stretch of road, Track for racing, and V-Max for maximum straight-line speed.
Each specific drive mode will quickly change the GT’s aerodynamics, engine response, shift characteristics, stability control, ride height and more.
Each mode is specially tuned for a unique driving environment. “Switching the setting changes electronic, mechanical and aerodynamic elements,” explains Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. Leveraging learnings from the Ford GT racing program, Ford Performance gave each mode a unique instrument cluster display, with elements prioritized to enhance the overall driving experience.
Ford’s two-seat screamer is committed to a four-year production run with 250 cars built per year. The first year’s run has already been spoken for by a who’s who of celebrities and CEOs. Those not in the first allotment can get their first crack at owning America’s mid-engine supercar when the next batch rolls out in 2018.