Whether it's lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring or automatic emergency braking, most of the electronic systems we see emerging on new vehicles focus on safety. But there are some there just for enthusiasts. We're talking about systems like automatic throttle blipping for perfect downshifts, or launch control to get that textbook acceleration from a standstill. But the latest system could prove just the opposite of the latter.

Although it has given us most of the details, Ford is still keeping certain elements of its new Mustang secret. But emerging reports may have the skinny on one system which Ford is trying is darnedest to keep under its hat for the time being. That, according to unnamed sources cited by Motor Authority, is burnout control.

The system is reportedly designed to help novices execute the perfect smokey burnout – sort of like launch control, but specifically the opposite. The system could, according to elaborative speculation, lock the front brakes while spooling up the engine to optimal revolutions before dumping (or indicating the driver to do dump) the clutch. A cloud of tire smoke and a long pair of skid marks would then ensue.

Like the aforementioned rev-matching and launch-control systems, you'd probably have to specifically enable it, thereby leaving pros with the ability to execute their own burnouts. Of course this could all prove to be nothing and go up in a cloud of smoke, but one way or another we should find out soon enough.


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      RCinAZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      This new feature brought to you by the fine folks at Goodyear, Bridgestone, and Michelin
      Tiberius1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      And tire companies everywhere rejoiced.
      rex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, just do not get this burnout kick these days. We ran GTOs, SSs and Hemi in the late 60s thru early 70s. Drag raced and laid rubber etc...but we never did the sit and spin or burnouts as you say. Save the rubber for the drag strip, track or drifting. Do like the looks of the new stang. Was considering a Camaro but may wait now to drive the '15 stang.
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prepare to see skid marks cover the local supermarket near you.
      Eric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perfect burnouts are the reward of doing things right. Doing it wrong meant a number of things not limited to, a wreck, destroyed clutch, etc. They are starting to make these things too much like a video game which ruins the driving experience. A dumb idea for such a beautiful car.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric
        When they dont slam into you while trying to compensate for something, you will be thankful.
      JDizzle
      • 1 Year Ago
      SRT8s have had "Burnout mode" for years. Hold the brake and mash the gas, the ABS will release the rear brakes to allow you to put on a smoke show without destroying your brakes at the same time. The Viper has also been rumored to get a "line-lock" feature. Burnouts! Burnouts everywhere!
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      A very needed feature for drag racers. I dont read this as for the street. This is to warm up drag radials at the track. It can get overwhelming to be a the track and trying to warm up your radials with a stick, cars and people around you. Kudos Ford for building this in instead of having to hack in aftermarket kits. A couple of 1's and 0's to the stability control system and BAM.
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      jhendrix8888
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a bunch of wusses. All these morons complaining on here about: what if this malfunctions,what if that malfunctions....what IF your wheels fall off goin down the road Moron?!!! You take a chance ANY time you get into ANY vehicle going down ANY highway...DUH!!! Bring it On Ford!! Better yet, Bring it On Shelby American!
        • 1 Year Ago
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      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      whats the point? its like cars that drive for you who would buy a 5.0 for that? i drive a zl1 and when i do a burnout i feel rewarded and when it fails guess what i get to try again and that's a good enough excuse the people i know with 5.0s don't want or wouldn't think of a burnout control system. its not cool nor does the idea sound exciting. Remember skills? we already have launch control sometimes i like driving my car.. like ME..
        analogjesse
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        WHY AREN'T WE ALL AS COOL AS ROLO?!??!
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROLO
        SO you have never done a burnout at the track? This would make it much easier. Having a factory line-lock is great.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you can't pull off a decent burnout with a 420hp 5.0L V8, you're probably retarded.
      Kurt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best burnout control has been around for a century... the clutch pedal
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