The news keeps trickling in about the 2015 Mustang. Last week we told you about the white and blue 50th Anniversary editions, and now Ford has announced a standard electronic line-lock system for the 2015 Mustang GT.
Back in the 1960s, line-lock was a boon to competitive drag racers who favored a manual transmission. When staged at the light and manipulating the throttle and clutch, a manual-equipped vehicle runs the risk of crossing the staging light early, risking a red light and an automatic disqualification. Line-lock allows the driver to lock the front brakes to help prevent running a red light while launching.
In the case of the new Mustang, “electronic line-lock will give drag racers the benefit of a mechanical system without having to modify the brakes of 2015 Mustang GT” that, when combined with launch control (also standard on the GT), should help bracket racers achieve more consistent performance down the drag strip.
“Competition has been an integral part of the Ford Mustang lifestyle since its earliest days 50 years ago. 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,” says Ford car marketing manager Steve Ling.
And when it comes to bracket racing, consistency is key. Automatics always have an advantage in this regard, but now the stick-shift 2015 Mustang GT has the tools to equalize the playing field a bit without having to lose the fun of a manual gearbox.
Special note from Ford for those anxious to take a 2015 Mustang to the racetrack: racing your vehicle will void your warranty.