Ford is packing its GT supercar with state-of-the-art technology.
The company is showing off a new 10-inch digital instrument display that promises to quickly and easily present information to the driver, based on five special driving modes. Ford says the display was developed to be customizable and users will be able to tailor information to each drive mode, helping ensure customers can take the Ford GT to its limits while having the data they need to make critical decisions while behind the wheel.
The initial design of the digital instrument display was tested by Le Mans winner Scott Maxwell of Multimatic, who provided feedback on how to prioritize performance information. One suggestion Maxwell made was to change the tachometer to provide an expanded view of the EcoBoost V6 redline approach for greater peripheral visibility.
To get the display pixel perfect, the American automaker reached out to Pektron for electronic design, development, implementation and manufacture, while Conjure handled the graphical design. The result is a display that is painstakingly animated with highlighted font, color and responsiveness to avoid driver distraction and eye strain.
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The five different modes are accessible through steering wheel-mounted controls and each mode presents information differently. The five modes are Normal, Wet, Sport, Track and V-Max. In Normal mode, the display shows information in a purposeful, businesslike manner with a simple theme and the speedometer center and bold. Wet mode carries over much of the information from Normal mode, but uses a blue theme and a “wet floor” concept.
Sport mode is when things start getting fancy by adjusting information priorities. Front and center is gear selection, while the speedometer is off to the right and is less prominent. It features an aggressive orange theme and was the preferred mode for most test drivers. Then there’s the Track mode, that uses a combination of black background and highly legible text and graphics in a crisp, red theme. Gear selection and engine speed are displayed prominently, while coolant temperature, oil pressure and fuel level are in the bottom right.
Lastly, V-Max mode offers an entirely different display. It is specifically tailored to pursuing maximum top speed, displaying a large, centered speedometer with tachometer reduced to just a line with indicator dot for minimal distraction. Displayed to the right are coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and turbocharger boost while the fuel display can be seen in the top left.
“Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “We’ve designed the GT with a sleek digital instrument display that changes depending on driving mode in ways that are important and usable to the driver.”
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