Passionate race fans know the Ford GT does a lot of amazing things. It’s the fastest Ford production vehicle ever produced, it’s a past winner at LeMans and it’s one of the most sought-after and exclusive vehicles on the road today.

It’s the crown jewel of the Ford Performance lineup, a head-turner in every sense of the word. But the Ford GT is more than “just” a supercar; it’s a rolling laboratory and important testing ground that creates a ripple effect of innovation all the way through the Ford lineup.

Look no further than the Ford GT’s drive modes. Those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a Ford GT have the option to switch to a variety of settings on the vehicle as it moves from the streets to the track.

You can see this, and similar, technology across a variety of Ford models. The Focus RS has track and drift modes for those looking to take their vehicle to the limits. Track mode allows the driver to enhance the cornering abilities of the RS, but you can also set it to drift mode for controlled slides – all part and parcel of the Focus RS experience.

More than how the vehicle performs, the Ford GT pioneered the use of different displays to provide the driver the most crucial information, depending on the drive mode.

The Ford GT cluster in Track mode

The display changes to keep pertinent information front and centre. In normal and sport mode, the speed and tachometer stand out. Track mode emphasises the current gear over the speedometer readout, also putting the tachometer into a higher-contrast colour for easy reference at high speeds.

In V-Max mode, drivers are after one thing only: maximum speed. The instrument cluster obliges, putting speed smack dab in the middle of the display for all your drag strip and straightaway at the track fun.

The new 2018 Ford Mustang applies the same principle to its display. Like the GT, the display changes depending on the drive mode. Already the most customizable Mustang ever, it even allows drivers to personalize the colour scheme to their liking, but the drive modes in world’s best-selling sports car also make sure that form and function are given equal billing.

On the surface, the F-150 Raptor doesn’t have quite as much in common with the GT. But the Raptor’s terrain modes are yet another example of Ford engineers allowing you to customize the drive of your favourite Ford vehicle. Whether crawling over rocks or blasting the Baja, the Raptor can be dialed in at the push of a button.

From the Ford Performance lineup, these innovations are also making their way into your daily driver. For example, the Ford Fusion Sport features a sport mode that increases handling response as well as adjusting the engine note as it’s heard in the cabin.

Which innovation do you hope makes its way to your Ford vehicle? Tell us in the comments below or on Ford Canada’s Facebook page!