- The 2015 Ford Mustang GT, which goes on sale this fall, will be equipped with an electronic line-lock feature as standard equipment.
- Line-lock allows the front brakes of a car to be applied while keeping the rear wheels free to spin for burnouts or to warm up tires for racing.
- Normally, line-locks are available in aftermarket packages, but in an industry first, Ford has integrated it into the Mustang's stability-control system.
DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford has announced that the 2015 Mustang GT, which goes on sale this fall, will be equipped with an electronic line-lock feature as standard equipment.
Primarily used by drag racers, line-lock allows the car's front brakes to be applied while keeping the rear wheels free to spin. At the track, this gives a driver the ability to warm up the back tires prior to a run for maximum grip. Off the track, it provides maximum amusement by facilitating awesome burnouts.
Another benefit at the drag strip is that locking the front brakes at the staging line will prevent the car from accidentally rolling forward and causing a disqualification, while keeping the rear wheels free for a quick start.
Normally, line-locks are available in aftermarket packages that apply the front brakes mechanically. But Ford has decided to break new ground in the auto industry and incorporate the technology into the 2015 Mustang GT's onboard stability-control software.
When a driver releases the brake pedal with line-lock enabled, the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system will keep the front brakes locked while disengaging the rear brakes. Applying the accelerator then spins the back wheels, either until the tires are warm enough for a drag race or, if the driver prefers, until they burn off the wheels in a cloud of black smoke.
"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."
However, this cool new feature does present something of a dilemma for owners. Ford notes: "Electronic line-lock for 2015 Mustang GT is intended for use only on racetracks" but then cautions: "Racing your vehicle will void your warranty."
Still, Ford's standard line-lock should be a welcome feature for enthusiasts who want burnouts without the trouble and expense of modifying their vehicles with aftermarket equipment.
Edmunds says: Ford is definitely not spinning its wheels with the standard line-lock feature on the 2015 Mustang GT.