Buckle up, folks, because when the Mustang GTD hits the Nürburgring’s 73 twists and turns, it’s aiming for a sub-7-minute thrill ride. How’s it planning to break records and hearts, you ask? Well, let us introduce you to the GTD’s secret weapon – a dash of aerodynamic wizardry so wild that even GT3-class race cars can only dream of.
At the core of the Mustang GTD’s aerodynamic prowess lies its Drag Reduction System, a real game-changer. It’s a hydraulic system that can tweak the rear wing’s angle and activate flaps upfront, all in a quest to find that perfect sweet spot between unleashing raw speed and hugging the track with a vice-like grip. It’s like having a masterful DJ for your car’s aerodynamics!
Greg Goodall, the Mustang GTD’s chief program engineer, spills the beans, “Every nook, cranny, and vent on and under the GTD’s body is on a mission. Some let the breeze in for cooling, others are all about aerodynamics and downforce. All this magic ensures the GTD stays stuck to the tarmac no matter what’s thrown at it!”
Now, when the GTD faces hairpin turns and sticking to the road is the name of the game, the DRS (no, not the one you find in Formula 1) comes into play. It winks, and the main wing element and flap close up to become an integrated airfoil. This superhero move generates a ton of extra downforce at the rear, giving the GTD the mojo it needs to dance through corners like nobody’s business. Meanwhile, up front, the car’s underbody is shaped like a sleek keel, channeling air through the wheel wells and those snazzy fender louvers. This creates a low-pressure area that’s like a vacuum cleaner, helping keep the GTD’s nose firmly planted during those hair-raising turns.
Mr. Goodall adds, “We’re like air traffic controllers for the car’s aerodynamics. We make sure the front and back stay buddies, and the best part? Racing doesn’t allow this kind of trickery – it’s our secret sauce!”
To perfect this aerodynamic symphony, the Mustang GTD team spends countless hours in the digital realm, fine-tuning the airflow with supercomputers. And when it’s time to hit the asphalt, they tour the globe, testing this beast from the Road Atlanta to the Belgian Spa.
Mr. Goodall leaves us with a teaser, “Our Le Mans drivers are green with envy, wishing they had this tech both on the track and for the daily commute!”