2015 Ford Mustang GT: Adjustable Launch Control
January 29, 2015
We put our 2015 Ford Mustang GT through its paces recently at the track recording a baseline set of performance data. Among the tests we perform is, of course, acceleration. The test gave me an opportunity to experience the Mustang's launch control for the first time.
Fortunately, accessing launch control and activating it is easy. Here's how.
First, select Track Mode from the toggle switch on the center console. Then select Track Apps from the instrument panel using the arrows and "OK" button on the steering wheel's left spoke. Select the check box on the "Launch Control" screen and then scroll down to "RPM." The right arrow will take you to the next screen where engine speed can be set in 100-rpm increments. Getting it just right is a trial-and-error-procedure that will vary depending on a huge number of factors (tire pressure, launch surface, etc.) which determine grip.
This sounds like a lot of steps, but it's actually pretty quick to activate, especially if you've already got your launch rpm set. Default (and the lowest setting) is 3,000 rpm. Then it's just a matter of selecting first gear and wooding the throttle while the car is stopped. Revs hold at your pre-selected setting and you can literally side step the clutch, hold the throttle down and let the system work until it's time to shift.
And it really works.
I used it to produce our best 0-60 acceleration that day which worked out to 4.8 seconds (4.5 second with rollout like on a dragstrip). And despite many attempts, I couldn't beat the system. Fellow tester Chris Walton did manage a 4.7-second run on his own on the first Mustang we tested. Even so, this is a solid showing for production-car launch control, which is usually pretty easy to beat after a few tries.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ 1,875 miles