2015 Ford Mustang: Horse Lasers
January 19, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang has this thing. It's shown above. Yup, it's a horse on the ground. More specifically, a horse is beamed from a little transmitter integrated into each of the Mustang's side-view mirrors when you unlock the doors.
I repeat: this car projects horse images onto the ground.
I don't even know how I feel about this. Actually, I do, but this is a family site. It's no place for an expletive-filled tirade that would give PTSD to anyone less than 16 years old. I'll only say that the fact that Ford willingly devoted not-insignificant engineering and budget resources to develop, test, integrate and produce this aspect — I hesitate to call it a feature because that would imply it has some inherent virtue — is embarrassing.
Here's the part where I acknowledge that the horse lasers are not new to the 2015 Mustang. They debuted in the 2013 Mustang. I realize this. Doesn't make them any less cringeworthy. Actually, the fact that the horse lasers survived the gauntlet of the 2015 redesign makes it even more cringeworthy, as it was something deemed worthy of perpetuating. Two years on, and there's still no hangover. It boggles the mind.
On the flip side, the same company greenlighted and put into a production a 500+ hp flat plane crank V8 for the upcoming GT350 version of this car...and in so doing, totally redeemed themselves.
If the GT350 comes equipped with horse lasers, I'm going to feel pretty conflicted.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor