Up until now, if you wanted to get your hands on Ford’s electronic line-lock system, you’d have to pony up for a V8 Mustang GT. But for 2018, the track-exclusive feature will be standard on all Mustang models, and it’s available with either the 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
Man, If I had this feature back when I had my Mustang, I would have gone through a LOT more tires.. 🙂
For those of you unfamiliar with line-locks, they are traditionally used by drag racers ahead of the starting line to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction when the start light goes green. Once the line-lock is engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.
On models equipped with the optional 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.
While this feature is meant for off-road use, presumably at a drag strip, you can be sure that plenty of people will be using this to perform big smoky burnouts at Cars and Coffee for excited crowds.
“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.”
To illustrate this fact, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay rubber:
I don’t know about you, but this looks like a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to try this out for myself!