The all-new Ford GT features five Drive Modes including one called V-MAX which helps drivers hit more than 200mph – where the law allows!
With almost 650 horses on tap and a superlight carbon-fibre chassis, the all-new Ford GT is one of the fastest things on four wheels anywhere. But despite that prodigious power, this GT is remarkably well mannered, even in low friction conditions such as a rainy Nurburging.
That’s all thanks to the car’s five Drive Modes that enable drivers to tailor the performance characteristics to match the surrounding environment. Activated by a dial on the F1-inspired steering wheel, each Drive Mode has a unique instrument cluster display.
“Switching the setting changes electronic, mechanical and aerodynamic elements,” said Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor.
Ford GT also features an advanced, yet easy-to-use launch control system that provides optimal traction for the perfect launch every time. Designed for track use, it’s available in all modes except Wet.
Drivers can select from:
Normal, for everyday driving
Wet, for driving in the elements
Sport, for driving enthusiasts
Track, for racing
V-Max, for maximum straight-line speed
When Normal mode is selected, the Ford GT’s ground clearance is set to 120 millimetres to comfortably contend with speed humps, potholes or driveway inclines. Throttle and transmission calibrations are configured for standard driving, and traction and stability control systems cannot be adjusted. The rear wing deploys automatically for aero assistance at 145 km/h (90 mph), returning to its stowed position at 130 km/h (81 mph). The wing still deploys as an airbrake if sensors detect aggressive braking.
Wet mode activates the default configurations of Normal mode, but adjusts throttle sensitivity to help drivers manage the reduced grip offered by rain-affected surfaces for greater stability.
Activating the Ford GT’s Sport mode adjusts throttle settings to sharpen responses from the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre Eco- Boost V6 engine and anti-lag system. Developed on the Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car, the anti-lag system keeps the turbochargers spinning to provide boost on demand. Stability and traction control settings become driver-adjustable using the AdvanceTrac® system, allowing three additional settings. Widened slip, yaw and oversteer parameters enable drivers to further explore the Ford GT’s handling and driving dynamics. Ground clearance remains 120 millimetres, and the comfort option is deactivated.
While Sport mode can be used effectively for many racetracks – especially those that require a higher ride height – Track mode is optimised strictly for race conditions. With the transmission in park on the pit road, a turn of the dial activates hydraulics that drop the ride height by 50 millimetres. Spring rates increase and damping is adjusted to the firmest setting.
In V-Max mode every setting is tuned to make the Ford GT go as fast as possible. Ride height is the same as in Track mode, but all aero elements are stowed to minimise drag. Stability controls remain active to help ensure the car moves forward in a straight line. V-Max mode can only be activated when the Ford GT is stationary and in park.