Getting To Know The Five New Modes Of The Acclaimed 2017 Ford GT

Mar 30, 2017 11:50 AM EDT | Anthony Hunter

It may not look like it, but the 2017 Ford GT was designed in several ways to be an everyday supercar. Or atleast a practical one supercar. Now, Ford equipped the GT with five drive modes that alter the throttle response, damping, aerodynamics, ride height, and a host of other features based on driving conditions.

The automaker has released an infographic showing the five modes and when to use them. In Normal mode, the 2017 Ford GT can achieve a ground clearance of 120 millimeters, prevents shutting down the traction and stability controls, and offers standard and available comfort damping. Its rear wing deploys at 90 mph and at the same time acts as an airbrake when needed.

The wet mode will keep most of the default settings, but throttle control is adjusted to limited when the sliding and launch control isn't available. But the Sport mode opens up the throttle, changes gears more faster, brings out the rear wing at a speed more than 70 mph, and activates turbocharger anti-lag.

The other two modes complement more intense driving. The Track mode lowers the ride height around 50 millimeters, offers the firmest possible damping, increases spring rates, and closes the aerdynamic opening in front for maximum downforce all can be done in under 2 seconds.

Lastly, the V-Max mode helps the drivers to achieve the fastest straight-line speed. This feature can shutdown all aerodynamic elements and keeps stability control active. Drivers need to set the transmission to Park before accessing the Track and V-Max modes.

Derek Bier, Ford GT manager, said, "We focused on simplifying the experience. Optimizing this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority."

The 2017 Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivers 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It can reach a top speed of 216 mph. Ford also is planning on offering over 1,000 units of the carbon fiber supercar.


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