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But Ford says racing your new 2015 Mustang GT will void the warranty

Rumors circulated for a while late last year that the 2015 Mustang GT would make it easier for drivers to perform burnouts. Ford is now talking up that feature of the new Mustang and it is officially called line-lock.
“Competition has been an integral part of the Ford Mustang lifestyle since its earliest days 50 years ago,” said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “We know our customers, and we wanted to provide a unique feature for those wishing to take full advantage of the increased capability offered by this new Mustang GT at the drag strip.”

A line-lock is something that drag racers have used for years to lock the front brakes of the car to keep it in place for a burnout. A line-lock is something you typically had to add manually, but Ford says that the 2015 Mustang GT is the first car that will come from the factory with the functionality.
“We’re using advanced controls technology for the all-new Mustang to provide some of our most dedicated fans with an industry-first feature they can use when they go to the track,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “With electronic line-lock, customers who drive their Mustangs to work all week and then compete on the weekends will appreciate not having to modify their brake systems to be able to do effective tire prep at the drag strip.”

With the line lock enabled, the Mustang will lock the front brakes only when the brake pedal is pressed. That will allow the driver to spin the rear wheels to get the tires warmed up and ready for launch. Drivers can then turn on launch control and launch the Mustang to start their race.
The big catch with this feature is nestled at the bottom of the Ford press release. Ford says, "Electronic line-lock for 2015 Mustang GT is intended for use only on racetracks. Racing your vehicle will void your warranty."
The all-new 2015 Mustang has shed weight compared to the last model and has picked up an independent rear suspension.

Source: Ford

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RE: Meanwhile....
By KFZ on 4/21/2014 12:34:41 PM , Rating: 5
So it's one thing to be a fool launching your AWD vehicle, but providing a means for a RWD vehicle to get traction to do that from the factory is just all kinds of reckless engineering aimed at stupid teens and young adults.

Let's tuck aside the part you skipped, where it says this is intended for racing (legally) at a drag strip. Unless you were born yesterday you would know that line-locking a RWD muscle car is a damn-near American tradition; it's been possible for decades, even on stock vehicles.

Negligent? Providing a "unique feature" that isn't really a feature for people to legally race their muscle cars isn't negligent. It's negligent to be a jackass on the road and endanger lives; you don't need a line-lock feature to do that. There are already plenty of jackasses in loud STIs and Evos buzzing around and bouncing off the rev limiter thinking they own the road.

Your reputation precedes you; have you really crossed over to the protectionist side and want safety locks on everything? Please decouple yourself from ghost train logic.

RE: Meanwhile....
By degobah77 on 4/21/2014 12:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
People burn out every goddamn day here, this is just going to make it easier for idiot kids to do it. I would imagine only a small percentage of people are not going to abuse this new feature. And hey, good for them, I think it's funny.

But without a doubt, we're gonna see an increase in citations - red lights out in the country are going to look like smoke bombs going off everywhere.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Spuke on 4/21/2014 12:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
Geezus people it's not like Ford sells these in Camry numbers. Calm down. Personally, I wouldn't use this feature at all as I have no desire to do burn outs. I get much more boner flying down a canyon road.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Reclaimer77 on 4/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Meanwhile....
By ctodd on 4/21/2014 2:30:03 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly! I was right next to (two immature adults) line locking. There were vehicles on all four sides of them and I was the vehicle on their right. I actually feared for the safety of my family at the time, but I think I had the most fear for the people directly in front of them. It only takes one idiot to hurt a bunch of people.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Spuke on 4/22/2014 12:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
Physics, learn it. Lots of irrational driving fears just disappear.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Reclaimer77 on 4/21/14, Rating: 0
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