Ford 2015 Mustang GT Receives "Line-Lock" Tech for Track Duty
April 21, 2014 9:43 AM
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.
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