Evan J. Smith
April 19, 2014

Just minutes ago, at the MCA banquet for the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Charlotte it was announced that the 2015 Mustang GT will be factory-equipped with a line lock. This will make doing a burnout in your Mustang easy as pie.

A line lock, also called roll control in the racing industry, uses brake pressure to hold the front brakes, but not the rear brakes, which allows the rear tires to spin freely in order to do a burnout. After activating the system with a button on the steering wheel, the driver pumps the brake to set the line lock. Then, it's game on!

“Competition has been an integral part of the Ford Mustang lifestyle since its earliest days 50 years ago,” said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “We know our customers, and we wanted to provide a unique feature for those wishing to take full advantage of the increased capability offered by this new Mustang GT at the drag strip."

“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.”

Having a line lock is a first for any factory vehicle and will allow Ford Mustang owners the ability to fry the tires and do a proper burnout without damaging the rear brakes or overcooking the clutch. And this should make for serious drag strip fun, assuming you don't encounter premature tire wear..

"With the electronic line-lock feature enabled, when a driver releases the brake pedal, the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system will keep the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes. When Mustang is sitting in the burnout box of a drag strip, the driver can apply the accelerator to spin up the rear wheels [by doing a burnout] to warm the tires for maximum grip. This can all be done without having to balance one foot on the brake and the other on the gas, or install a mechanical line-lock," added our source at Ford.

With the tires properly warmed up with a burnout, drivers can pull their Mustang up to the staging line, engage launch control, and get a perfect catapult as soon as the lights go green.

Mustang Chief Engineer, Dave Pericak announced the option in a video shown to the massive crowd of a 2015 Mustang GT laying a wicked patch at the Dearborn proving ground. We were able to snag a couple of quick screen shots of the video you see here in addition to the supplied photo above. Pericak was in the house giving his keynote speech when he revealed the secret.

“Whether a customer wants to take weekend road trips, go road racing or compete in grassroots drag racing, we aim to maximize the driving experience for everyone,” said Pericak. “Mustang offers selectable drive modes for those who prefer to compete on road courses or in autocross events, so when we realized we could provide a really cool feature like electronic line-lock that no one else offers, the decision was easy – ‘Let’s do it!’”

According to Ford, the electronic line-lock for 2015 Mustang GT is intended for use only on racetracks. Racing your vehicle will void your warranty.

The line lock system is reportedly easy to use and operates through the Track Apps option, but beware, excessive burnouts may cause premature tire wear!

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