The Ford GT was introduced five months ago at the Detroit auto show. We can’t remember any car that received more attention in the following weeks.
Ford is trying to keep that momentum strong until the GT goes sale next year, lest we have an Acura NSX situation where we see the car dozens of times before getting behind the wheel.
To keep our attention, Ford invited a group of journalists to its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., for a better look at the science, engineering and design behind the GT.
The GT has 50 sensors to gather data about the car's performance, the driver's position and the environment. It has six controller area networks, which process 300 megabytes of data per second. The GT uses 10 million lines of code, that is more than a passenger jet and more than an F-35 fighter plane. According to Ford “they’re all mission critical.” We’ve haven’t decided yet if that’s good or bad.
The Blue Oval did a ton of work understanding the psychology of the driver during development of the GT and found that driving performance follows a bell curve that relates to distractions. It makes sense, too.
If your brain’s workload is too low you can get bored and/or fatigued. If the workload is too high, performance drops as well. That’s why Ford wanted to keep visual demand low, so drivers keep their eyes on the road. One part of that is voice control, which Ford seems to think it has figured out with its Sync system.