Ford just released official information regarding the upcoming GT’s driving modes. The GT, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is Ford’s flagship super car. It’s not even a supercar at this point, but rather a hypercar.
A successor to the Ford GT from 2005, it’s indirectly paying tribute to the original Ford GT40 from the 1960s. The GT40 is a bonafide legend, which came to this world thanks to a dispute between two giants. When Enzo Ferrari wanted to sell the company, Henry Ford II was the first to take him up on the offer. The deal never went through, and Henry was furious. Ordering his engineers to create a vehicle which would beat Ferrari at every race track, the GT40 was born.
And beat them it did, winning Le Mans six times in a row. The new car seems to have inherited the same racing spirit because in its first year of competition it won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. Though the new GT has been teased for the best part of 5 years now, and it’s been officially revealed for almost 2, very little is known about it.
We know that it will be a limited-production run, that it’s got a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and that Ford is hand-picking its customers, but that’s it. Well, two days ago Ford gave us the inside scoop on the different driving modes the new Ford GT will sport.
Ford GT Normal mode
The name says it all really. In Normal mode, the GT raises to its maximum 120mm ground clearance so that it can negotiate speed bumps and potholes, the accelerator gets more progressive, and the gearbox shifts sooner. There’s a comfort mode as well if you want to soften up the damper’s compression and rebound settings.
With the exception of a more sensible and progressive accelerator pedal, wet mode offers the same characteristics as normal mode. With over 600 horsepower, we’re sure customers will be extremely pleased with this feature in the rain.
Here’s where things get interesting. Sport mode enables anti-lag. Anti-lag, if you’re unfamiliar, is a system most often used in rallying. It keeps the turbochargers spooled up and spinning even when you’re not directly applying throttle. It’s less effective and uses more fuel, but it does mean that once you get back on the accelerator, all the available power is right there. There is no turbo lag. None. The gear changes get quicker and the steering wheel more sensitive as well.
Designed for the track, as its name might suggest, Ford urges all future customers to keep track mode off in normal, everyday driving. The ride height drops by 50mm, spring rates get maxed out, as do the dampers. The rear wing engages fully at all speeds, unlike in the previous mode where it only popped up above 80 mph. Ford claims it completely transforms the way the car drivers, even compared to Sport mode. Yummy.
V-Max drops the ride height by 50mm (same as Track), but instead of maximizing aerodynamic drag, it reduces it as much as possible. Given an empty airfiled or a long enough straight, it will hit 216 mph. Now that’s fast.