Previously available only on the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT, Ford’s burnout-enabling electronic line-lock feature is coming to the Mustang EcoBoost base model for 2018. The feature makes burnouts a breeze by holding the car with the front brakes for up to 15 seconds while the driver mashes the throttle to spin the rear tires. This is ostensibly for the benefit of drag racers, who use burnouts as a way to heat up the rear tires to improve traction prior to lining up for a race, but let’s be honest: everyone loves a good burnout.
“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” confirms Formula Drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. “Who would have thought that we would see an EcoBoost Mustang producing 15 seconds of fury like this? You’ve got to love these rad things Ford is doing.”
For the 2018 model year, the Ford Mustang’s Line Lock feature will come standard on EcoBoost and GT models, with either the 6-speed manual transmission or Ford’s new 10-speed SelectShift automatic. Cars with the optional 12-inch digital instrument panel will gain the added benefit of a nifty graphic depicting a spinning wheel kicking up smoke each time Line Lock is activated.
The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT will arrive in dealer showrooms later this year.