First of all, Ford totally blew it by not using Eumir Deodato's far fonkier version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" for this ad. But we'll let that slide, because the '78 Futura was as innovative as, well, a low-budget made-for-TV alien spacecraft. Actually, this car really was a milestone of sorts, being the first appearance of the gearhead-friendly Fox Ford platform.
Computer modeling a la Timex-Sinclair 1000. Remember those? Be glad the wheels didn't come out square.
Actually, the Futurachero looks pretty smart. With dogged, relentless maintenance on the body, you could keep one rolling today. Those 2.3 fours were pretty stout.
Those mileage numbers were achieved by running the car at 45 mph with the Four. There's no other way.