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More details have emerged on the 2017 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT ahead of the start of deliveries later this year.
Road & Track spent some time recently with a pre-production example and learned that the car’s coming with a driving modes selector with five options to choose from. Selecting the desired mode is done via a small dial on the left of the steering wheel.
The five modes include Wet, Normal, Sport, Track and Vmax. They’re designed to switch up a number of vehicle settings, with the focus being on aerodynamics and chassis setup.
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Wet and Normal modes are fairly self-explanatory. However, things start to get interesting once the dial reaches Sport. Here, the suspension dampers are firmed up and the throttle and fuel delivery are adjusted to help prevent turbo lag for the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also becomes more aggressive in its shift strategy and electronic nannies like traction and stability control become less restrictive.
The next stage is Track mode, which builds on the Sport mode but also lowers the car by 50 millimeters and brings to life the active aerodynamics package, much like on the McLaren P1. Air channels up front are sealed so that more air is fed to high-pressure downforce channels further back in the body. The rear wing also extends (it also extends in Normal and Sport modes but only at high speeds), adding to the downforce and serving as an air brake during heavy breaking maneuvers.
Vmax is similar to Track mode when it comes to chassis settings but the aerodynamics are tweaked to reduce drag at the cost of downforce. The rear wing also stays in its lowered position. Ford is yet to commit to a top speed for the GT, stating only that it will be above 200 mph.