Merely mentioning the Ford GT is enough to cause a stir of excitement in the Petrol News office, and several minds were blown in here as we became privy to some intriguing facts that define the already-iconic supercar.
All the new information released by Ford centred around the technology that makes the 216mph GT a truly potent beast.
For instance, it uses more than 50 different sensors to monitor vehicle performance and behaviour, external environment and driver inputs for an optimised driving experience.
Meanwhile, more than 25 computing systems contain ten million lines of software code – more than a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, worth £94.2 million. These systems process 300 MB of data a second, amounting to more than 100 GB per hour, which is the equivalent of around 25,000 song downloads every 60 minutes.
Many of these sensors and systems enable the performance of the supercar’s 638bhp engine, electronic stability control, F1-derived active suspension damping and active aerodynamics to be continuously adjusted within the parameters of the selectable drive modes, which allow optimal performance in any driving scenario.
Dave Pericak, global director of Ford’s performance division, explained: “By constantly monitoring inputs, vehicle loads and environment, and adjusting the car’s profile and responses to suit, the Ford GT remains as responsive and stable at 180mph as it is at 18mph.”
He added: “The Ford GT’s sophisticated computing systems work hand-in-hand with the vehicle’s core race car architecture to enhance performance, and also deliver greater versatility and flexibility.”
No car is complete without cupholders and Ford hasn’t overlooked vital details like this amongst all the high-octane engineering, concealing two lightweight aluminium cup holders in the central console.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “All this may sound amazing but only the lucky few will get behind the wheel of a Ford GT; production is limited to just 1,000 units worldwide over four years. One can dream.”
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