Ford unveils drag race tech for 2015 Mustang

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23 Apr, 2014 12:00pm Jordan Bishop

New Ford Mustang features Line Lock technology, offering drivers burnout starts for drag race-style performance. See the video here...

Ford may have global aspirations for the new Mustang, but that doesn’t mean the muscle car will forget its drag racing heritage.

Revealed in a video posted online, the latest feature allows drivers to lock the front brakes only, before applying the throttle to spin the rear tyres. 

“It’s essentially a burnout feature,” explains stability control engineer Scott Mlynarczyk. “Used to maximise the traction of the rear wheel tyres.”

Called ‘Line Lock’, the electronic brake-control technology often features in drag racing, and is used to improve performance by heating up the rear tyres prior to launch.

It’s one of a number of options available from the 2015 Mustang GT’s Track Apps menu, including Launch Control and Brake Performance.

When Line Lock is selected, depressing the brake pedal engages and holds the front-wheel system, freeing up the driver to warm the rear wheels before activating Launch Control for an ideal start.

Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak believes it’ll set drag racers up for a great race, although Ford is also keen to stress this feature is intended for track-only use – warning in the video that racing will void the vehicle’s warranty.

The new Ford Mustang arrives in the UK next year, and will be offered in right-hand drive for the first time. Prices are expected to start from £30,000 for the four-cylinder EcoBoost.