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Ford announces standard line-lock on 2015 Mustang GT

Automaker said feature will line up alongside launch control, selectable drive modes

April 22, 2014   by Dan Ilika, Assistant Editor

DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. wants you to void your warranty.

And it may well be the most considerate thing the automaker has ever done for its customers.

As Ford gets set to roll out its all-new 2015 Mustang, the automaker announced a gift to customers: An electronic line-lock as standard equipment in GT models that will have you spinning your tires at every stop light from here to the drag strip.

The caveat, of course, is that racing voids the warranty.


But then again, who cares.

Part of Ford’s suite of aptly-named track apps, the electronically-controlled line-lock will keep the front brakes locked while freeing up the rear wheels to shred a tire or two.

According to Ford, this was done to allow weekend warriors to warm up their pony car’s tires at the local drag strip, but we all know that the system will get more use on the road than the quarter-mile.

For those looking to save their heroics for the strip, however, the Mustang GT will also feature launch control and selectable drive modes.

Launch control is only featured in Mustangs sporting the six-speed manual transmission.

“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,” Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak said in a release.

“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.”

Check out the video and try not to get excited about the possibilities of tearing up your tires on the way to work.

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