Ford has revealed that its new supercar will have five drive modes to quickly adapt it to different driving situations.
The high-performance GT model comes with Normal, Wet, Sport, Track and V-Max modes, which change electronic, mechanical and aerodynamic elements on the car.
Derek Bier, Ford GT manager, said. “Optimising this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.”
Normal is designed to put the car into its most driver-friendly mode. The ride height is set to 120mm so speed bumps aren’t a concern, while throttle response and gear changes are softened.
In Wet mode the only change is to improve throttle response to give the driver more control in low-grip conditions. A ‘comfort’ suspension setting is available in both these modes to soften out poor road surfaces.
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Sport mode ups the ante somewhat for fast driving on the road. Throttle response is increased and the turbochargers’ anti-lag system is activated for better engine response. The stability and traction controls can be adjusted by the driver depending on preference.
Ford says that Sport mode should suffice at many tracks, particularly those that aren’t very smooth – the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany comes to mind – but for true race conditions there’s also a Track mode. Select this mode and the ride height drops to its lowest setting, the suspension stiffens to its firmest setting and the rear wing deploys for increased downforce.
Finally, V-Max optimises the GT for high-speed runs. The ride height remains low, but all aerodynamic devices are stowed away to reduce drag.
All of these drive modes are designed to optimise the performance of the 638bhp, turbocharged, 3.5-litre, V6 engine nestled in the middle of the GT’s chassis.