Throttle Pedal Footrest/Stop? Bad Idea. - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Throttle Pedal Footrest/Stop? Bad Idea.

February 18, 2011

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This thing bothers me. Turns out, I'm particular about where I put my heel when I'm driving. I like to bury it under the pedal and use ankle articulation to control the throttle. And now, with complete indifference for those who drive this way, Ford has decided that's not possible.

I'm blaming the lawyers. And here's why.

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Normally my heel would be buried against the firewall with the throttle in the wide-open position, as pictured above. Here, however, it's forced to be further away from the firewall, which works against 25 years of muscle memory. I have less control.

Peel back the carpeting and it becomes obvious that this is intentional. And it forces me to use a completely different angle of attack to manage the throttle. Worse, because I heel/toe from the same position, it changes every element of my foot/pedal interface with both the throttle and the brake. Screws me up completely.

The pictured foam insert rests under the carpet loosely and could be removed. But it proves Ford was doing something on purpose down here. I'd wager it's an effort to head off liability. It's ironic, then, that in my case, it creates just that.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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