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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 BZDTemp on 4/21/2014 2:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
Why do all these vehicles run in rear wheel drive configurations and not your exhalted "all wheel drive"?

Because the rules say so. There is lots of rules like that in all types of racing, sometimes it is for safety, other times to keep costs down and other times again it may be to protect car companies from competition by companies with more advanced technology.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Samus on 4/22/2014 6:27:21 AM , Rating: 2
AWD is easy. Anybody can slam a accelerator and point the car in a direction.

RWD/FWD racing are arts in their own. Both are a challenge to conquer, especially launching.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Andrwken on 4/22/2014 1:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't recall seeing rules not allowing AWD cars to drag race against RWD or FWD cars. I have not been to the track much in the last decade but bikes, cars, dragsters, it was what you brought. RWD with any amount of HP will out launch an AWD due to the weight transistion to the back of the vehicle. Would the AWD give you any better 60 ft. time in that case? I wouldn't think so. The front tires would just cut loose if enough power was applied to the vehicle to shift the weight to the rear. I also don't know what benefit a line lock would do for a road racer or any other racing besides drag racing really. It was to warm up the tires and the trans brake took care of the launch.

RE: Meanwhile....
By Spuke on 4/22/2014 3:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
You'll get a better 60 ft with AWD.

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