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Ford Gives the 2015 Mustang GT the Electronic Line-Lock Feature

April 24, 2014
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In December last year, Motor Authority reported about a secret feature that will come with the 2015 Ford Mustang. It was said that the feature will serve as a “launch control for burnouts.” Details were scarce then, but not anymore. Ford has finally unveiled what this feature is—the electronic line-lock. This burnout control feature is standard to the 2015 model year Mustang GT.

This latest feature is bound to excite racers. Drag racers need to warm up the tires of their cars prior to the race, and they do this through burnouts. Ford’s electronic line-lock technology makes burnouts much easier and aftermarket systems unnecessary. Unlike aftermarket products that change brake hydraulics, the Blue Oval’s latest tech is powered by software.

This is how the feature works: when the driver releases the brake pedal, the hydraulic control unit from the stability control system will hold the front brakes at the same time releasing the rear brakes. Hence, the driver can warm up the rear tires while the vehicle is kept in place. Ford’s latest software technology makes warming up the tires easy, since there is no need to install a mechanical line-lock or do the balancing act of having one foot on the brake and another on the gas.

“Whether a customer wants to take weekend road trips, go road racing or compete in grass-roots drag racing, we aim to maximize the driving experience for everyone,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “Mustang offers selectable drive modes for those who prefer to compete on road courses or in autocross events, so when we realized we could provide a feature like electronic line-lock, the decision was easy.”

This feature was designed with a specific set of Mustang customers in mind—those who drive their cars on the roads on weekdays and bring them to the local drag strip on weekends. Ford clearly wants its customers to get the most of their Mustangs.

It is important to note that the electronic line-lock for the 2015 Mustang GT was created for cars to be driven solely on racetracks. Racing the vehicle will void Ford’s warranty.

For the 50th anniversary of the beloved American pony car, Ford successfully delivered a model that is fresh but maintains a classic look. The 2015 Mustang may not look like former models, but it does not seem too different either. What does make the newest ‘Stang unique is that it is the most high tech of the bunch. Aside from the electronic line-lock, there are other features that set this classic car apart. These include launch control (another standard feature, on manual transmission Mustang GTs), adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and collision warning systems.

Another feature to be expected in the newest Mustang is the latest iteration of MyFord Touch, the Blue Oval’s in-car connectivity system. This version is different, with its large volume knob and physical controls for audio and HVAC systems.

The 2015 Ford Mustang was recently seen atop the Empire State Building in New York. The Mustang convertible in triple yellow paint stayed on the observation deck of the iconic landmark for two days.

Photo credit: Rex Gray/ Flickr/ CC BY

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