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Ford Mustang Drift Brake Feature May Get Axed: Exclusive

Along with a bevy of updates present as part of its total redesign, the 2024 Ford Mustang also debuted with some pretty nifty features, to boot. One of the most interesting is the S650 pony car’s Electronic Drift Brake – or the Performance Electronic Parking Brake, as it’s officially known, which was developed in conjunction with RTR Vehicles. This feature functions much like a traditional, mechanical handbrake, making it easy for even novices to get sideways in their brand new 2024 Ford Mustang. Thus far, this feature has proven to be quite popular with 2024 Ford Mustang customers – in fact, the addition of this feature to the High Performance Package has boosted its take rate by 50 percent among Mustang EcoBoost customers compared to the prior three years. However, that feature could be in danger of going away altogether.

Sources familiar with the matter have informed Ford Authority that the Electronic Drift Brake may in fact be opening up Ford Motor Company to potential liabilities, and as such, we’re hearing that there are discussions within the walls of The Blue Oval regarding its potential removal. However, no decision about its future has been made as of yet.

While this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, it is potentially disappointing for the many 2024 Ford Mustang owners who have thus far found the Electronic Drift Brake feature to be both educational and entertaining. As RTR’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. previously stated, “Chelsea [DeNofa] and I had the honor of working with the passionate engineering team at Ford to develop [this feature]. Our goal was putting larger smiles on the faces of soon to be fellow seventh-generation Mustang owners.”

The electronic drift brake present in the 2024 Ford Mustang is part of the Performance Electronic Parking Brake feature, which is currently available in both EcoBoost and V8-powered models equipped with the optional Performance Pack. While it utilizes a traditional-looking hand brake, this feature unlocks the Mustang’s drifting capabilities by emulating the hydraulic drift brake found in the RTR racing variant, yet provides three times the braking force of a conventional mechanical parking brake system.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. 19BULLITT

    Wait, you think an electronic e-break boosted Ecobost numbers? That makes no sense. It just does what the e-break has already done for decades.

  2. Julian Digby Bottin

    I have owned 2 Mustangs so believe me when I say this, the Mustang needs either a traditional mechanical handbrake or the drift break….if it goes to just an electronic button break, that will be a no go for me.

    To be honest with you, there is a lot I dislike about the new generation (especially the interior), one of the only redeeming qualities is that drift break…..if they get rid of it, I will be mad and boycott ever getting a new Mustang.


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