Drivers of the new Ford GT will have five drive modes to choose from to make sure they get the most out of the American automaker’s new supercar.
The drive modes are: Normal, Wet, Sport, Track and V-Max. While the first four are self explanatory, the fifth mode, V-Max, is all about getting maximum straight line speed from the car. The modes are controlled by a knob on the F1-inspired steering wheel, as is the new launch control system.
In normal mode, the GT has ground clearance of 120 millimeters, while traction and stability control systems can’t be adjusted. The rear wing will deploy at over 90 mph, while it will also act as an airbrake if aggressive braking is detected.
In Normal and Wet mode, a comfort setting for the suspension is available, softening the car’s ride. Wet mode is all about driving in precipitation, so it dulls throttle response and enhances stability control.
Switching into Sport mode allows the driver to adjust the stability and traction control, choosing between three additional settings, each allowing a little more slippage than the last. Of course, throttle response is also cranked up and an anti-lag system for the turbocharged engine kicks in.
In Race mode, the GT is most ready for the track, and the mode can only be activated when the car is stopped and in park. That’s because the ride height drops by 50 millmeters, the spring rates and damping go to their firmest setting and the rear wing deploys. This transformation happens in less than two seconds.
Now, if you’re not looking to go around corners, Ford has designed V-Max mode for optimal straight line speed. Like Track mode, the car must be in park to select V-Max, while ride height is also lowered by 50 millmeters. The difference is, in V-Max, all the aerodynamic elements are stowed and stability control remains active to allow for the fastest possible straight-line speed.
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