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Everything You Need To Know About The Five Drive Modes Of The Ford GT

This only makes us want one even more.

Ford wants owners of its new GT supercar to have the ultimate driving experience, and thanks to modern technology and brilliant engineering, this has been accomplished. Ford has just released details of the new GT’s five drive modes that "will enable the driver to quickly tune performance to almost any condition – from street to track to inclement weather." With a total of 647 hp to play with, drivers can adapt the car with these modes:

Normal, for everyday driving; Wet, for driving in the elements; Sport, for driving enthusiasts; Track, for racing; and V-Max, specifically for maximum straight-line speed. None of these modes were chosen at random, but rather by Ford Performance engineers receiving feedback from supercar owners. “We focused on simplifying the experience,” explains Ford GT manager Derek Bier. “Optimizing this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.” Normal mode, for example, sets the GT’s ground clearance to 120 mm in order to properly handle speed bumps and the like.

Wet mode is similar to Normal, but adjusts throttle sensitivity to help drivers manage the reduced grip from rain-affected surfaces. Sport mode adjusts the throttle setting to sharpen responses from the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 and anti-lag system. Stability and traction control settings also become driver adjustable. In Track mode, ride height is dropped by 50 mm and the spring rates increase and damping is adjusted to the firmest setting. Also, the rear wing deploys, and the aerodynamic openings in the front close for maximum downforce. And finally, V-Max mode makes every setting tuned to let the GT go as fast as possible.

Ride height is the same as in Track, but all aero elements are stowed to minimize drag, and stability control is still active to help make sure the car actually goes in a straight line. For a car that’s capable of hitting a 216 mph top speed, driving modes such as these will certainly come in handy in order to, well, not crash.

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