Mustangs have been run competitively in every motorsports event from rally to stock car racing, but Ford knows the core of the enthusiast side of the Mustang world still leans heavily towards drag racing. That's why engineers are working hand-in-hand with Ford's racing division to leverage the state-of-the-art controls software technology in the new 2015 Mustang to deliver an industry-first feature – electronic line-lock.
"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."
That means no more power braking and cooking the rear pads either. Once line-lock is enabled, the driver releases the brake pedal to release the rear brakes while the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system keeps the front brakes locked. At the track, just roll into the burnout box, flip on the line-lock, heat up the tires, flip it off, pull into the staging lane, engage launch control, and get a perfect catapult as soon as the lights go green.
If you play your cards right, it might even help you with your car payment! Consistency pays off in bracket racing, where racers try as closely match their predicted quarter-mile times as possible without going faster. Electronic line-lock and launch control, also standard on 2015 Mustang GT's with manual trans, can help racers achieve more consistent e.t.'s run after run.
Oh yeah, it's also the best thing ever for burnouts! Ain't technology great?!
"Whether a customer wants to take weekend road trips, go road racing or compete in grassroots drag racing, we aim to maximize the driving experience for everyone," said Pericak. "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 really cool feature like electronic line-lock that no one else offers, the decision was easy – ‘Let's do it!'"