By on June 30, 2017

EcoBoost Mustang Burnout, Ford Motor Co.

In a move that will make my next rental car choice slightly more difficult, Ford has decided to equip the entirety of its Mustang lineup with electronic line locks as a standard feature. While the technology has become almost ubiquitous among V8-powered American muscle cars, it’s a welcome addition to the smaller-displacement models.

Now, more hooligans can undertake longer, safer, more glorious burnouts without abusing their rear brake pads — be it while warming the tires at the drag strip or just showing off for dumb friends in a parking lot. Hopefully, the good people at Avis don’t mind losing a little tread on the rear tires. 

Wanting to promote that its base model muscle cars have been idiot-proofed in preparation for laying a patch of molten rubber, Ford recruited Formula D champion Vaughn Gittin to go around Southern California and “randomly recruit” pedestrians to show off the new standard feature.

“Burnouts just never get old, no matter how old you are and how many times you’ve done them,” Gittin said statement. “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.”

While Ford specified that the line lock should be especially useful for those interested in bracket racing, Gittin’s lunchtime abduction of random passers-by indicates the technology has plenty of unofficial applications. In fact, the promotional video for the technology opens with the text, “You could use a burnout in a 2018 EcoBoost Mustang,” and one of the hand-picked pedestrians calls the opportunity to do a burnout “a dream come true.”


“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford’s Mustang marketing manager. “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.”

It’s definitely gimmicky, but it’s also a perfect addition to American muscle cars.

Available on both the 10-speed automatic and 6-speed manual, the electronic line lock is a little more complicated to use than aftermarket units found in drag cars. Operators are required to pre-select the feature by going into a menu on the instrument cluster and scrolling through the track apps. Afterwards, it functions more or less as expected. However, the feature only holds onto the front brake calipers for 15 seconds, meaning you might have to re-engage system a few times or go old school and introduce a little brake pressure with the left foot if you are planning to completely destroy the rear tires.

That’s something I would only recommend in a rental, though.

EcoBoost Mustang Burnout

[Images: Ford Motor Company]

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14 Comments on “Ford Decides to Make Burnouts Easier for Mustang EcoBoost Owners...”

  • avatar

    Discount Tire rejoices.

    • 0 avatar

      they have obnoxious political beliefs…Tire Rack instead

      As far as line locks go, I would think the fleet buyer is now emailing Ford for a “line lock block” for the rental fleet.

      I once ran a rally in a Ford Pickup…it was a rental. I was both amazed at how tough the truck really was, and the bald faced lie by the actual renters about why the tire blew.

  • avatar

    Wait, so the 10speed auto is going to come on the turbo? If they program that well that will be pretty sweet for keeping that on boost.

  • avatar
    Prove Your Humanity 2+9=?

    Doing burnouts (on public roads) is illegal in most if not all states. In California, for example, it’s a two-point misdemeanor, the same as racing, driving intoxicated or driving with a revoked or suspended license.
    So while it’s very cool and gets lots of attention for Ford, the insurance companies will make healthy profits by insuring Mustangs, and drivers with poor judgment will get plucked off the roads by the local yokels in a sort of Darwinian fashion.

    • 0 avatar

      >>Shrugs<< Most people learn after they roast the hides off the car the first time to skip the burnouts (well unless they are giving a soon to be retired set a Viking funeral of sorts) since decent rubber can cost upwards of a grand on these cars or half that if you dumpster dive.

      • 0 avatar

        Huh, I thought I was the only guy that ever seemed to notice the cost of replacing tires after the “huge” thrill of a few burnouts.

        I guess you could replace the tires with cheap ones, but then wouldn’t that ruin the point of buying a performance car?

        • 0 avatar

          I think the only time it’s worth it to bother doing this is if your tires have already worn down the treads to where you were going to replace them anyways and you have the new tires ready to go on. Then it’s not really costing you hundreds of dollars for a little bit of smoke, doing it with good tires is just idiotic unless you’re at the drag strip trying to warm up the tires or something.

  • avatar

    Anyone have any update on the HP numbers for the ’18 GT?

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Ford is currently suggesting “more.” Hopefully that’s not too vague for you.

    • 0 avatar

      Will be interesting to see if Ford is looking to keep parity with the V8 Camaro it needs to be in the 470ish range (indeed if the reports about an extra 500 rpm on the tach are true and if say Ford shifted the peak power by that much then its entirely possible to pick up an extra 30 horsepower or so).

      I don’t expect it to be that high but you never know? My guess would be around 450 with a good bump in under the curve stuff that DI brings owing to more aggressive timing curves and increased compression.

      450 horsepower would be a modest increase but it would still be behind its competitors when it comes to power/weight ergo the reason why I say Mustang would need 470 horsepower to bring parity. Although bring your driver mod even with an equal power to weight ratio manual drivers will have to beat on it to get a good time since the LT V8 trounces Ford’s 5 liter when it comes to low and mid-range torque making performance more accessible for the GM pony car. The auto would prove a different story though.

      • 0 avatar

        I brought up earlier this week the idea of a 6.2L Mustang GT. That engine is capable of a lot more than what it’s doing in the Super Duty (just compare the Ram 6.4L to the SRT 6.4L).

        I personally love the idea, but I don’t know if the 6.2L can fit the current car (I can’t find a picture of the two engines side-by-side) and modern FMC likely isn’t interested in going big displacement on the Mustang.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    I dunno. It seems Detroit and much of the market have very selective memories when it comes to cars like the Mustang and Camaro. Everybody wants to stress the brief (3-4 year) period when certain versions of pony cars had oversized engines and could be categorized as muscle cars. No one seems to be interested in the far better-balanced GT versions of pony cars. These versions of the Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, Javelin et al were the Civic Si’s of their day. Lighter and smaller than most cars and just powerful and good-handling enough to be sporty. Fairly simple, mechanically speaking, too. Is the Focus ST the true Mustang of today? It certainly seems to be more interesting, even if it has its flaws.

  • avatar

    I heard that Ford is supposed to be updating the Coyote V8 to use both port and direct fuel injection. Does anyone know whether they plan to adopt the same thing for the 2.3 Turbo 4?

  • avatar

    Are people old enough to afford this car turned on by doing burnouts ? My first car was a red 71 Chevelle SS 454 bought in 74 for $1600 with a weezy junkyard 350 since the original owner (a total idiot) blew up the stock 454 drag racing on the flats(a straight stretch of highway where people went to race at night). The first owner (I was the 3rd owner of a 3 year old car) a-hole wouldn’t sell me the original engine to get rebuilt at a reasonable price – TOTAL DICK ! Anyhow I used to put in the clutch and coast backwards down back road hills to do candy cane burnouts at night . I was 17 – can 17 year old kids without rich parents to spoil them afford this car ?

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