Burnouts – what would be from us without them? Everyone knows that a good burnout can impress automotive enthusiasts as well as give some extra coolness points to the car. While the procedure is quite easy, nowadays car manufacturers are trying to make our lives just that little bit more convenient. And, therefore, Ford Mustang has a special setting for burnouts now accompanied with an industry-first animation.
To perform a good burnout you need a two-wheel-drive car that is powerful enough to spin its wheels on dry asphalt – not all cars can do that. You have to hold the car with a brake while accelerating at the same time. You have to strike the balance just right so that the car would not inch forward, but wheels would spin freely, releasing huge beautiful clouds of smoke. It really isn’t that difficult, but Ford thinks that some drivers may need assistance.
V8 powered Mustangs already were equipped with electronic line-lock technology, but now its availability is spread into pony cars with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines as well. In the process of this upgrade a new interesting feature was added to the cars with 12-inch all-digital instrument display – a video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke. This clearly has no practical purpose other than just looking cool when you are doing the burnout, but Ford says it is an indication that in fact rear wheels of your muscle car are spinning. When you are the driver you don’t get to enjoy the view of spinning burning rubber under your car so at least you get this little animation. By the way – it is an industry-first.
Electronic line-lock is not Ford’s invention – drag racers have been using it for a long time. It allows doing a burnout very easily, which heats up the tires fairly quickly, improving the grip from the line. In a Mustang you just need to press a button on the steering wheel and the system builds pressure in the front brakes. Another hit to that button and 15 seconds of fame start, everyone starts cheering and calls you a driving god. Or at least you’re satisfied with your burnout.
Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager, said: “We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out. The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed”.
While the V8 powered Mustang is the car of choice for the purists, EcoBoost is going to grow in popularity. It is cheaper to buy and maintain, while offers a respectable performance. With upgrades like burnout assistance it also has quite a bit of character. However, V8 is a V8 and a muscle car is a muscle car…
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