2017 Ford GT: Digital dash revealed
While there’s no shortage of hard facts about the overall design of the new 2017 Ford GT, the automaker has held back on specific details about one aspect of its new supercar. Today, it finally provided a first look at the GT’s trick digital instrument cluster in all of its multi-modal glory. Calling it “the dashboard of the future,” Ford indicated that while making its first appearance on the new GT, this kind of full digital display technology will be incorporated into the automaker’s other products, as well.
Based around a 10-inch wide high-res display that uses quick-read, high-contrast graphics, the GT’s new digital dash was designed to provide a driver with the most pertinent information to optimize any specific operating condition. During its development process, Ford Performance sought input from a host of suppliers as well as drivers -- including 2016 Le Mans winner and Ford GT pilot Scott Maxwell of Multimatic – to help create the right presentation.
Ford’s new digital display offers a choice of five different functional modes – Normal, Wet, Sport, Track and V-Max. Each can be dialed up via steering-wheel-mounted controls. And as their names imply, each highlights and prioritizes the kind of critical information required using specific combinations of colors and graphic cues. “We spent an enormous amount of time getting this just right,” notes Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. “The result is simple, but achieving simple perfectly can be a challenge.” No word yet as to which Ford – or Lincoln – product will be the next to benefit from this new digital-dash tech.
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