Depending on the conditions, drivers can pick a view that's perfect for the situation.

While Ford is already delivering units of the GT to the handful of lucky buyers, the Blue Oval continues to release very few details about its supercar. For example, the motoring world still doesn’t know how much power the biturbo 3.5-liter V6 produces or even the vehicle’s price. While this important information remains a secret, the company is at least now providing a look at the GT’s digital dashboard and the five available driving modes.

Once in the GT’s sporty seat, drivers look at a 10-inch instrument panel that changes graphics depending on the driving mode. The company even worked with racing drivers for fine-tuning the data that each setting displayed.

“We spent an enormous amount of time getting this just right,” says Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. “The result is simple, but achieving simple perfectly can be a challenge.”


Normal mode is what drivers use for everyday driving. It places the speedometer in the center and the current gear to the right. The setting assumes that people are just cruising around so the tachometer largely shows the range from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm and compresses the rest of the scale.

Wet mode looks practically identical, except everything takes on a blue hue. The graphics are also slightly glossy to “emulate the shine of wet asphalt.”

The Sport setting changes things up by moving the speedometer to the right and putting the gear in the middle of the driver’s view. Everything takes on an orange hue, too. According to Ford, this “is the preferred mode for most test drivers.”

Track mode is a further evolution of this look. The orange becomes a brighter red, and drivers get info about the coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and fuel level. The speedometer moves to the upper left. The suspension also drops about 1.2 inches (30 millimeters) for this setting.

Finally, V-Max is all about doing top speed runs. The speedometer takes prime position in the center of the display, and tech details including the turbochargers’ boost sit to the right. The tachometer also becomes just a thin line.

You don’t have to envy GT drivers for getting this cool tech for long. According to Ford, it plans to use a similar display in other vehicles soon.

Source: Ford

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ALL-NEW FORD GT SUPERCAR'S DIGITAL INSTRUMENT DISPLAY IS THE DASHBOARD OF THE FUTURE
12/01/17 from FordPrint this page

Ford engineers and designers created a state-of-the-art 10-inch digital instrument display that features text and race-inspired graphics intended to help reduce driver distraction
Digital display automatically reconfigures itself based on 5 unique drive modes – from Normal to Track – to ensure the driver is getting the most relevant information for their situation in an easy-to-read format
GT’s customizable digital instrument display technology will be shared with other Ford vehicles

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 12, 2017 – Like the glass cockpit in airplanes and race cars, the all-new Ford GT features an all-digital instrument display in the car’s dashboard that quickly and easily presents information to the driver, based on five special driving modes.


The innovative 10-inch wide digital instrument display is far advanced from the original Ford GT, when the cockpit was hardwired with a fixed set of analog gauges, buttons and knobs across the dashboard that had to address almost every situation.

“Driver focus and attention are key with such high performance,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “We’ve designed the GT with a sleek digital instrument display that changes depending on driving mode in ways that are important and usable to the driver.”

Ford engineers and designers created the state-of-the-art 10-inch wide digital gauge cluster to be customizable, elegant, and able to tailor information to each drive mode, to help ensure customers taking the Ford GT to its limits are provided the data they need to make critical decisions behind the wheel in the most efficient possible way.

Defining the visual future of in-car data

The Ford GT program presented a unique opportunity to reimagine the instrument cluster, further expanding what a connected car can be and previewing the future of Ford vehicles.

 

Its layout is designed around which data is most important, when to present it, and how to show information in a way that’s most expedient for a driver to process.

The design is executed on a high-resolution display that matches the sleek, purpose-driven cabin. Data is conveyed in crisp, high-contrast graphics.

To test the initial design, Le Mans winner Scott Maxwell of Multimatic® was invited to the Ford GT simulation lab to offer feedback. Maxwell suggested changing the tachometer to provide an expanded view of the EcoBoost®V6 redline approach for greater peripheral visibility. The race car driver also recommended tweaks to the prioritization of performance information.

Getting every pixel perfect

As advanced design work transitioned to putting prototypes on the road, Ford Performance reached out to suppliers at the cutting edge of data display.

Ford designers and engineers worked closely with Pektron (for electronic design, development, implementation and manufacture) and Conjure (for graphical design) to create forward-looking renderings that are painstakingly animated, include highlighted font, color and responsiveness, and avoid driver distraction and eye strain.

The five drive modes are easily accessed through steering wheel-mounted controls, to help keep eyes and attention on the road and hands on the wheel.  

Each mode presents information differently – prioritizing what is crucial for each environment and tailoring the display to the given context.

How information is graphically displayed with each drive mode:

Normal mode displays information in a purposeful, businesslike manner. The theme is simple; the speedometer is centered and bold, gear selection is to the right, fuel and temperature are top left. The hockey-stick-shaped tachometer displays in a compressed scale for lower rpm, as the engine revs so quickly the lower counts mean almost nothing to the driver. The 3,000-to-7,000-rpm range dominates the top of the display
Wet mode carries many of the same information concepts over from normal mode, using a blue theme and a “wet floor” concept. Graphics under the speedometer emulate the shine of wet asphalt to remind the driver of the mode selection
Sport mode adjusts information priorities. Front and center is gear selection, with the speedometer off to the right and less prominent. It’s displayed in an aggressive orange theme and is the preferred mode for most test drivers
Track mode presents a stark combination of black background and highly legible text and graphics, in a crisp, red theme that’s easy for the eye to pick up in a fast-paced environment. Gear selection and engine speed are displayed prominently, while coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and fuel level – rendered as a percentage rather than miles to empty – are bottom right
V-Max offers an entirely different display – purposeful and pared down. Specifically tailored to pursuing maximum top speed, it displays a large, centered speedometer, with tachometer reduced to just a line with indicator dot for minimal distraction. Coolant temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature and turbocharger boost are displayed to the right, with fuel level displayed top left
“We spent an enormous amount of time getting this just right,” says Nick Terzes, Ford GT engineering supervisor. “The result is simple, but achieving simple perfectly can be a challenge.”

Joey Hand, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of Ford GT, raved about the different drive modes recently on a visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “This is exactly what I want to see when I want to see it,” he said. “You guys did a great job.”

Dashboard of the Future

GT isn’t the only Ford vehicle that will receive full digital instrument display technology. This innovation is coming to other future Ford vehicles – another example that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.