As weird as it may sound, but in the recent years, a lot of cars have started using inputs from science of making airplanes. Bugatti Veyron was one such car to use a lot of technological inputs from aeronautical engineering and this combination of automobile engineering with aeronautical engineering has given us a lot of fast and next level vehicles.
As it happens, technology is moving at a very rapid speed and cars are now overpowering some of the most powerful planes. One such example is the Ford GT supercar, which we already know of being incredibly fast. What makes the Ford GT so fast is the network of sensors, wiring, and computers that Ford says offers up more computing power than the Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II fighter plane.
The Ford GT carries 647 horsepower underneath the hood, and weighs just over 3,000 pounds (1500 kgs), which makes it accelerate as fast as a fighter jet, with a top speed of 216 miles per hour (346 kmph). Simply put, if you put the GT and Lockheed Martin’s new F-35A Lightning II on a runway, the $500,000 car would leave the $100 million fighter for dead – at least until the jet was airborne.
And the Ford GT has proven its abilities time and again, as it claimed first, third, and fourth positions at Le Mans in 2016. To make things easier for us, the American automaker has offered statistics on how much computing the GT does. More than 50 different sensors communicate with no less than 25 computing systems, processing 300 MB of data each second.
A total of 100 GB (or 100,000 MB) of data is generated each hour using 10 million lines of software code. That kind of electronics is unheard of in any of the cars before, leaving apart the potent Formula One cars. The computers monitor and adjust the car’s stability control system, adjust engine, suspension, and aerodynamic parameters to deliver peak performance at all times based on the settings selected by the driver.
Ford is only building 1,000 cars over four years and the deliveries of the Ford GT have started as recently as February. But, Ford GT’s production has already hit a roadblock seeing some delays at the Multimatic production facility in Canada. The deliveries of the Ford GT will be slowed and the company is citing supplier constraints and homologation testing issues.
Ford has sent letters to the owners whose vehicles would be delayed, “The craftsmanship required to build these vehicles for global markets has required that we adjust our original timing projections,” according to Automotive News. The letter is signed by Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak, and Global Marketing Manager Henry Ford III.
There is no specific timeline provided by Ford as to when the cars would be delivered, but a delay of as much as three-month delivery window can be given to customers within the week. Ford has a production plan of one GT per day, which translates to 250 GTs per year, till 2020. The company has reportedly “nearly completed” the ramp-up process.
As of now, nearly 50 examples of the GT have been delivered to customers, including celebrities like Jay Leno, former Ford CEO Mark Fields, and current Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Just so you know, Ford GT produces 647 horsepower from a 3.5-litre biturbo V6 and does a 0-100 kmph in less than 3 seconds, with a top speed of 346 kmph. It has an asking price of $450,000.