The first 250 units of the all-new, 2017 Ford GT supercar are slated to start shipping out to a select few lucky buyers later this year, and each one will come equipped with a total of more than 50 distinct sensors, generating data ranging from the mundane (vehicle speed, outside temperature) to the unique (wing position, yaw rate).
All together, these 50+ sensors on the new Ford GT will produce in excess of 100GB of data every hour the car is in operation – enough to fill the internal hard drive of an average personal computer in just a few hours. Ford put out a graphic showing just some of the 50+ sensors on the Ford GT supercar, which can be seen here:
We’re not quite sure why the automaker decided to highlight things like the vehicle speed sensor on this graphic; we’re pretty sure every car has one of those. One of the more foreign-sounding data-gathering probes – the “Sunload Sensor” – reads incoming sunlight so that the HVAC controller knows how much to compensate for excess heat generated by the sun’s rays warming interior surfaces. Also of note is the presence of Auto-Dimming Mirror Sensors; Ford’s hot new supercar will apparently come equipped with auto-dimming wing mirrors.
As much as the Ford GT is a hardcore race car for the road, the automaker still wants occupants to feel cool and comfortable while carving up a nice mountain pass, it seems.