Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 30, 2017
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

Launched with the S550 Mustang GT, Ford’s electronic line-lock system was the source of tire smoke all across the country. For 2018 Ford has announced that the track-only (yeah right!) feature will be standard on all Mustang models, and that includes the EcoBoost as well! Ford’s electronic line-lock system accessible via steering wheel controls and the Mustang’s instrument display will be available on both the new 10-speed SelectShift automatic and the six-speed manual transmission.

On models equipped with the all-new available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an industry-first, a video-game-like animation of a spinning aluminum wheel, complete with red brake caliper, spinning during the burn out, creating a digital up “cloud of smoke” to let the driver know when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.

If you order the sweet looking 12-inch digital user-configurable instrument cluster the line-lock feature includes this nifty Mustang wheel that “burns out” and creates smoke across the display!

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.” To introduce the new updates to the world, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay rubber.

A line-lock is traditionally used by drag racers to heat up the tire’s rubber for improved traction at the starting line. The electronic feature found on the Mustang leverages state-of-the-art software technology that also allows amateur race car drivers, particularly those competing in bracket racing, to achieve more consistent performance times. Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, a driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake calipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place. “We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

See Vaughn’s curb side antics as he gets everyday people behind the wheel to perform their first burnouts with the Mustang’s electronic line-lock: