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October 2020 Newsletter

The Ford GT is absolutely sick with high-tech innovation

Ford is done with nostalgia. The 2017 Ford GT might bear the faint silhouette of the GT40—the gorgeous endurance racer that crushed Le Mans in 1966—but this latest supercar reboot is absolutely sick with high-tech engineering.

In fact, the new GT is the most high-tech car Ford has ever created, and it claims that tag without a single parking-assist sensor or lithium-ion propulsion pack. The story here is all about lap times, lap times, lap times: getting from start to finish on twisty race tracks as quickly possible. And to reach that goal, the Ford GT doubles down on aerodynamics and weight reduction, twin byproducts of Ford’s most advanced R&D.

While the original GT40 (and even its 2005 redux) looked like it was designed by Pops and Sparky, the new Ford GT looks like it was extruded from a HoloLens by a team of physicists and materials scientists. And given Ford’s push into cutting-edge, the analogy may not be too far-fetched.

28 processors, 10 million lines of code

The new Ford GT includes 28 processors that chew through more than 10 million lines of embedded system code. Ten of the processors are all new for the GT, and all together the 28 chips generate more than 300MB of data per second. Some of the processors handle mundane tasks like tire-pressure monitoring. But there’s also a gyroscope that monitors pitch, roll and yaw (critical for triggering stability and aerodynamic features—all in a seamless fashion that’s transparent to the driver). Even the door latches have a processor with logic behind it.

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Source: pcworld.com


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