We can't decide if the new Ford GT's all-digital dash is innovative or a giant gimmick.
The Ford GT is one of this year's most hotly anticipated car launches, and while much has been made of its unprecedented power and carbon fiber body, its innovative interior hasn't had quite the same attention. Ford has now revealed that the new GT will be going all-21st century on us with a dashboard containing a 10-inch wide digital instrument display similar to what you would find in a racecar, in contrast to the traditional analog arrangement of its predecessor.
Essentially, the digital display reconfigures itself depending on the driving mode you select. Using the steering wheel-mounted controls, five driving modes will be available: Normal, Wet, Sport, Track, V-Max.
Using normal Normal mode, the design theme is simplified with a centralized speedometer, gear selection is to the right, fuel and temperature are positioned in the top left. Dominating the top of the display is the 3,000-to-7,000-rpm range. Wet mode utilizes a similar design, but uses a blue theme and a "wet floor" concept, with graphics under the speedometer that "emulate the shine of wet asphalt to remind the driver of the mode selection." Sport mode, on the other hand, bombards you with information: gear selection is at the front and center and is given priority over the speedometer all displayed in an aggressive orange theme. It's the mode of choice for test drivers.
Track mode stands out with its harsh black background, legible text and graphics combined with a red theme that prominently displays gear selection and engine speed above the coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and fuel level.V-Max adopts a drastically different layout, with a large, centered speedometer surrounded by the coolant temp, oil pressure, oil temp and turbo boost displays. The display was also tested by Le Mans winner Scott Maxwell, who suggested changing the tachometer to provide an expanded view of the power unit's redline for greater peripheral visibility, along with other tweaks.
We spent an enormous amount of time getting this just right," said Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. "The result is simple, but achieving simple perfectly can be a challenge." Digital displays aren't anything new in supercars, but Ford says the technology will be added to future cars as well.