Owning a supercar in the past meant you’ll have to compromise. But there’s no need for that anymore - thanks to the Ford Performance engineers. The company ensures that you get an enjoyable and comfortable ride regardless of the condition, may it be on the highway, the city, or even on rainy days.
The new Ford GT, the carbon fiber supercar with a capacity of 647 horsepower now has five drive modes namely: 1) Normal - for everyday driving, 2) Wet - for driving on wet roads, 3) Sport - for out-of-town adventures, 4) Track - for racing, and 5) V-Max - for maximum straight-line speed.
Now let us get into more detail with each of the modes. The normal mode basically calibrates throttle and transmission for standard driving. With a ground clearance of 120mm - this mode is perfect for city driving. In the wet mode, the height and other settings remain the same except for the throttle control calibration, which enables greater stability as it is adjusted to prevent the induction from slipping.
This mode also disables launch control. The sport mode, on the other hand, lets the driver access the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and anti-lag system, providing boost as well as enough control for the driver. This mode also features AdvanceTrac, allowing the driver to control the car’s stability and traction control. As for the track mode, this one is especially optimized for race conditions.
With a turn of the knob, hydraulics gets activated and the car drops its height by 50mm, damping goes to its firmest setting, and spring rates increase - in less than two seconds. Last but not least, the V-Max mode (short for maximum velocity). This mode lets the Ford GT run as fast as it could while enabling stability controls to ensure the car moves in a straight line.
The height of the car also goes down just like in the track mode. The difference with this one is that the drag is minimized as all aero elements are stowed. For all five modes, air brake is activated above 75 miles per hour.
This is how Ford tackles the criticism they hear from drivers - how difficult it is to make the most out of their supercars. Derek Bier, Ford GT manager says that they “focused on simplifying the experience” instead. The driver simply has to switch the setting, and the car follows as it changes its electronic, mechanical, and aerodynamic elements.
Therefore, it provides the driver not only the freedom to choose which settings they want, but at the same time, drivers get a comfortable ride in every condition they may encounter, from nice summer days driving up the mountain to stormy days where they have to brave extreme weather conditions.