Burning Rubber: 2018 Mustang EcoBoost gets Line-Lock

The EcoBoost got an upgrade! Previously only available on the Mustang GT, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang will now come standard with electronic line-lock for the 2018 model year and is available with either the 10-speed SelectShift automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Cars equipped with the 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, feature an industry-first, “video-game-like animation” of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated.

The purpose of the burnout, shenanigans aside, is to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction. Electronic line-lock is traditionally used for drag racing applications.

Using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, the driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brakes. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion. “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.”

To demonstrate all the fun, Vaughn randomly recruited pedestrians in Southern California to join him at Irwindale Speedway, where he put them behind the wheel of a new Mustang to lay down some rubber.

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