It is amazing what you can with electronics these days. They are offering systems that are designed to make even the most useless drivers look like pros by employing a computer to so the tricky stuff for him. After the Launch Control, the new craze seems to be Burnout Control. And here’s how it works on a 2015 Mustang GT.
The V8-powered muscle car is going to be bought by people who like drag racing. Knowing that, Ford has fitted it as standard with a system called electronic line-lock, which is a software that, in essence, gives drag racers the benefit of a mechanical system without having to modify the brakes.
With the Mustang GT Burnout Control system engaged, all you have to do to execute a perfect burnout is floor the throttle. The computer will keep the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes. Electronic line-lock is meant for warming up the rear tires for drag racing, but you can also use it for showing off.
And before you dismiss this idea as way too American, you should know that the new BMW M4 sports car has a similar system.
“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.”