Ford GT has more computing power than the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet
No one was crazy enough to compare cars with aircrafts some 15-20 years back. But as time passes, the relationship between the two will only keep growing, with the first coming close to the second in many aspects. Advanced technologies used in the aviation industry are more or less comparable to technologies that feature in fast cars nowadays.
In the same regard, Ford claims to have put in more effort in terms of code in their latest GT supercar as compared to modern aircrafts. The company’s engineers have reportedly written more lines of computer coding while developing the GT, than what engineers do while making jets. Featuring 10 million lines of code, this comes out to be eight million lines more than what Lockheed could achieve with the famous F-22 Raptor fighter jet and almost three million more lines than what is needed by Boeing to get the 787 Dreamliner up in the air.
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Ford claims that this is because of the fact that their latest development has excessive computing power, which is quite possible due to the fact that software can be developed up to any extent. According to a recent technical briefing on the new GT, Ford Performance’s chief engineer Jamal Hameedi said that the supercar has more lines of code than actually required because parts for the car have been taken “off-the-shelf”. This means that pre-existing software’s could actually not be used for the same. The company is also claiming that the extra computing power will help non-expert drivers get additional assistance when driving the GT.
The GT supposedly is also faster in a racetrack with the traction control on, even if driven by an expert. The car features 28 micro-processors and 50 sensors on-board that only helps to make the 600 HP car, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost, V6 engine, drive easier. The new GT’s engine is actually based on Ford’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship Daytona Prototype engine.
Ford is only expected to manufacture 250 units of the latest iteration of their iconic supercar, with each unit expected to be priced around $400,000. A high price for the GT, isn’t it? Well, at least you get loads of code for your money.