We'll give Ford credit where credit is due — the new Ford GT looks like it'll be one hell of a car. Sure, it runs off a twin-turbo V6, but with more than 600 hp powering that lightweight carbon fiber body down the tarmac... it's enough to even pique the interest of a Tesla Model S owner. Granted, the $485,000 price tag and target of only building 1000 units will limit the appeal it a bit, but it's still mighty impressive. But now we know there's a "Light Speed" option, and this just cannot stand.
The Tesla Model S picked up "Insane" in early 2015 with the introduction of the P85D model, and then a "Ludicrous" mode upgrade in July that accelerates the electric car from 0 to 60mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds. Ludicrous mode is indeed bonkers, but it's also a sly reference to cult comedy classic Spaceballs.
In introducing Ludicrous Mode, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also teased the next logical step for Tesla performance with a new Tesla Roadster in 2019 with the most appropriate of performance modes: maximum plaid.
There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid.
Meanwhile, Ford introduced the GT supercar at the beginning of 2015 and plans to release it this year in time for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in June (marking the 50th anniversary of the famous 1-2-3 finish for the Ford GT40). Today, even though it's a car that won't be attainable by just anybody, Ford opened up a limited configurator for the GT, though without pricing (as they say, if you have to ask...), and in the space-themed names for the interior packages one stood out at us: Light Speed.
This cannot stand! Sure, Ludicrous Mode is already past Light Speed and Ridiculous Speed, and I'm comparing an interior package of black leather, blue Alcantara, carbon fiber, and dark stainless steel that looks fast to an advanced 1500-amp pyro-actuated fuse and high-temperature inconel power connector that makes the car actually go fast, but still!
Bring on the plaid, Elon.