The all-new Mustang GT will come standard with electronic line-lock – an industry-first software feature that helps drivers smoke up the rear wheels by engaging a function in the car’s on-board computer.
Ford explains that when a driver releases the brake pedal with electronic line-lock enabled, the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system keeps the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes. Drivers can then apply the accelerator pedal to spin up the rear wheels, all without having to balance one foot on the brake and the other on the throttle, or install a mechanical line-lock.
Ford says the function is intended to help Mustang owners warm up their tyres ahead of drag strip runs and subsequently achieve more consistent performances from run to run – particularly useful in bracket racing, where competitors try to get as close as possible to their predicted quarter-mile time without going faster.
“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,” Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak said.
“Mustang offers selectable drive modes for those who prefer to compete on road courses or in autocross events, so when we realised we could provide a really cool feature like electronic line-lock that no one else offers, the decision was easy – ‘Let’s do it!’”
Ford cautions electronic line-lock is intended for use on racetracks only, and insists that, in the US, racing your vehicle voids the warranty.
A Ford Australia spokesman said it was too early to say if electronic line-lock would be available in local Mustangs, however, with specifications still to be finalised.
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang will go on sale in Australia in 2015.