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New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the nobody-with-a-good-car-needs-to-be-justified dept.

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cartechboy writes "Ford has decided to take the burnout into the 21st century for the new 2015 Mustang. The Mustang's new 'electronic' burnout system is intended to enable perfect burnouts every time, much like launch control has made it easier to accelerate quickly from a stop. So think of every new Mustang with a bright red 'burnout' button. While the details on how the burnout control system will work remain secret, it's possible that a combination of the features used in a typical launch control system, including traction and rev-limiting controls, together with a front brake locking system, could enable Ford to pull together existing technology in a completely new way. So far Ford has no comment."

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first post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45644917)

the first post

Burnouts are illegal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45644935)

So I'd be pretty surprised if this were true... and if it is... lol, noobs.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645043)

Did you know that it's possible to do burnouts in places that are not public roads? Or did you think that tires just silently spin smoke-free on race tracks and private property?

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645109)

If you only want to drive your car on private property, sure, you can have an "easy button" for burnouts.

Unless the button magically disables itself on DOT roads, you're not going to see it in a production car.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 10 months ago | (#45645373)

what is a burnout

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 10 months ago | (#45645407)

what is a burnout

An IT worker over 30.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (2)

bhcompy (1877290) | about 10 months ago | (#45645417)

There is a magical easy button for burnouts. It's called a gas pedal

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (4, Funny)

iamhassi (659463) | about 10 months ago | (#45645107)

Does it have an electric mullet button?

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 10 months ago | (#45645371)

Does it have an electric mullet button?

No, but maybe you can install the Donald Trump button backward.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 10 months ago | (#45645423)

Electric Mullet is the name of my modern country band.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 10 months ago | (#45645465)

"Modern country [music]", isn't that an oxymoron? What's next, Modern Renascence music? Complete with the Electric Racket?.....Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 10 months ago | (#45646149)

"Modern country [music]", isn't that an oxymoron?

Considering most, if not all, country music played on the radio today is little more than rock/pop with a southern accent and possibly a violin (sorry, fiddle), on occasion, I'd say it's not. I like all kinds of music. But solid body guitars with heavy distortion don't mix well with what I consider to be country music. It's kind of like adding a theremin to an a cappella group. Hell, the Eagles would be considered country music by today's standards.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645481)

"Modern Country Band" is the name of my Mumford and Sons cover band.

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 10 months ago | (#45645513)

"Modern Country Band" is the name of my Mumford and Sons cover band.

Was "Trust Fund Wurzels" [google.co.uk] already taken?

Re: Burnouts are illegal. (1)

updatelee (244571) | about 10 months ago | (#45645997)

Maybe it'll be labelled 'douche' or 'my moms car'

UDL

Re:Burnouts are illegal. (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 10 months ago | (#45645989)

So I'd be pretty surprised if this were true... and if it is... lol, noobs.

Back when I was in college I had a monster of a car from the 1960's, in near mint shape with a whopping 425 CuIn (that's 7L in today's parlance) V8 (that's two inline 4's joined at the hip in today's parlance). One night when I thought I was alone on a country back road, I decided to see what it had off the line at a stop sign. It had quite a lot and several left over. Alas, as the tires finished skidding a pair of headlights came on in a parking lot I was unaware of and proceded to pull me over, with the assistance of some flashing blue and red lights. After complimenting me on a true classic automobile, the deputy let me off with a warning and told me if I wanted to be an asshole, to go do it somewhere else.

I miss that car.

lock front brakes + accelerate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45644939)

wouldn't be hard to do, if you could lock only the front brakes and accelerate you could easily do a burnout.

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (2)

Paleolibertarian (930578) | about 10 months ago | (#45644983)

This used to be called line lock. For 1/4 milers it was a help to get the engine revved up to the torque band while heating the rubber on the tires to get better traction. When the green light comes on you release the brakes and go.

When I was a kid we got tickets for negligent driving if we squealed the tires. The cops will have fun with this.

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about 10 months ago | (#45645299)

Still is called line lock, which I installed on my mustang cobra, and takes about 10 seconds of spinning to get the slicks hot and sticky. "Launch control" is the same as revving up the engine and engaging the clutch at the right RPM, which is about 3500 rpms for me. It took about a dozen passes at the local dragway before I broke the rear axle, and I'm sure this will happen on the new cars too. I'm sure mechanics will have fun with this. :)

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (1)

Paleolibertarian (930578) | about 10 months ago | (#45645367)

We never had anything with enough power to break anything. We had to go to the strip and watch the nitro boys blow shit up.

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45646085)

You broke the weak axle the 99's specifically had. It was 28 spline in 99 and then in 2001+ they upgraded to 31 spline.

I used to own a 1997 Cobra, then fell in love with the AWD Turbo Lancer Evolution IX/X which make power easier and put it down better. I hypermile mine to 31mpg then blow away pretty much anything from a stop and run low 11's with less than $3K invested on a street car.

You should go drive one despite the initial looks that might throw you off.... It's a race machine. I just drove mine in the snow last night and had *fun*. Boy I used to hate the rain/snow back with the Cobra.... Plus stuff broke. You can even tune the stock Ecu on the Evo for $120 using your own computer/software.

Check it out.

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (1)

rsborg (111459) | about 10 months ago | (#45645335)

This used to be called line lock. For 1/4 milers it was a help to get the engine revved up to the torque band while heating the rubber on the tires to get better traction. When the green light comes on you release the brakes and go.

When I was a kid we got tickets for negligent driving if we squealed the tires. The cops will have fun with this.

Due to cops being more worried about simple revenue generation activities (i.e., enforcing unrealistically low speeding guidelines and snooping on stopped vehicles where driver is using their phone), all it's going to do is to annoy residents where the local bad boys like to street race (i.e., major road a few blocks away from my house).

Thanks Ford. Just like selling an exploit script to script kiddies - profiting off the misery of the many while catering to the few dumb idiots who are too unskilled or lazy to learn how to do it properly.

Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645013)

This is why they have, wait for it, line locks / transbrakes on strip cars. "The more you know"

1940s technology, here today! (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 10 months ago | (#45644947)

You have this low-tech piece of equipment that brakes the non-drive wheels while spinning the drive wheels (called a "line lock"), problem solved. I guess they are going to do that, but with some electronics?

Re:1940s technology, here today! (2)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 10 months ago | (#45645061)

More to the point, I think: where's the fun?

IIRC, when the guys did this when I was a kid, it was about the fun of managing to do it properly yourself.

Of course there was also the bit about having enough of the manhood-substitute horsepower to do it. But the point remains: it was something the guys did to show off. With this, what's to show off? "Look folks! I can push a button!"

Meh.

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (4, Insightful)

iamhassi (659463) | about 10 months ago | (#45645133)

Show off? It's a mustang. Last mustang worthy of showing off was built 50 years ago

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (2)

JustNiz (692889) | about 10 months ago | (#45645213)

Quite agree. Its also why Ford and Mustang owners feel the need to resort to this kind of shit to get their new cars noticed. Except they clearly don't understand the "not in a good way" thing.

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (2)

bmimatt (1021295) | about 10 months ago | (#45645987)

Apples to oranges maybe, but: It's been called the 'M' button for quite a while now and installed in certain 'M-class' automobiles. The Ford version will probably end up being a toy version of it - you can do a burnout once you engage, but for the front brakes to release you'll have to disengage the 'B' button. You know, the 'safe' way.

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (4, Informative)

msauve (701917) | about 10 months ago | (#45645647)

"Last mustang worthy of showing off was built 50 years ago"

There were no 1963 Mustangs.

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45646131)

Yes, please be more precise. 49.441 years ago.

Re: 1940s technology, here today! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645759)

Tell us again how the 662 HP Mustang SVT Cobra is more lame than your Ricer.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645137)

With this, what's to show off? "Look folks! I can push a button!"

The Ford engineers are showing off.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

m2shariy (1194621) | about 10 months ago | (#45645091)

Remember, it is controlled by a button, not a lever or valve. Buttons are electronic!

Re:1940s technology, here today! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645863)

Remember, it is controlled by a button, not a lever or valve. Buttons are electronic!

I'm going to file a patent right now for doing this from a mobile device.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (3, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 10 months ago | (#45645173)

Cars are so fly by wire now it becomes difficult to do things like a burnout. You can argue the need for such a thing but some people do value it. Basically the only reason there's a button to turn off your traction control is because some people wouldn't buy the car because they couldn't do a burnout. Then, once they've disabled it and have done the burnout they are now driving around without traction control on. Solution? A button that controls the burnout, does it better than the human ever could, and then automatically re-activates safety systems. Maybe they can even keep control of the car, detect if somethings gone wrong and fail out of the burnout.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645199)

That's silly. Any traction control that can't be disabled is in a car that has no business doing burnouts anyway. It's not currently difficult in mustangs.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (2)

Dare nMc (468959) | about 10 months ago | (#45645517)

>. the only reason there's a button to turn off your traction control is

Not true, every car has times it needs to be off. Drive you car home on a spare without burning up brakes. Not to mention most suck at things like going through mud holes, deep snow. Even the really good factory systems when turned off allow pro drivers to go faster. I understand a race system in a race environment is a winner, but has nothing to do with need to disable the production systems in intense driving (but not while commuting.)

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 10 months ago | (#45645891)

As someone who's built a mud truck/rock crawler from the ground up, I can tell you that traction control cause me any problems on the trail. My truck has a 5 point long arm suspension, 6" lift, etc... etc... and I rarely turn the traction control off. About the only time I can remember doing it was when I broke a drive shaft, I was able to lock up my diff to drive away but the traction control went nuts because it thought the right tire was in a skid. I doubt the average public would ever have such a problem and I could have just gotten towed out... It's rare that I break something and don't get towed out anyway.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

dragon-file (2241656) | about 10 months ago | (#45645649)

Fly by wire? I could have sworn it was drive by wire seeing as, ya know, it's a car.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | about 10 months ago | (#45645661)

People don't want to turn off traction control to do a burnout, they also probably want to slide around corners.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45646111)

Try driving a 4WD Honda Pilot across deep, slushy snow or through a mudhole with traction control on...you'll end up stuck. Turn it off, gun it, sail free.

Re:1940s technology, here today! (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about 10 months ago | (#45645301)

A better question is this: what is this article from the transportation age doing here in the information age?

Old Fashioned (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45644949)

How about providing a standard transmission and nice heavy duty clutch so you can just kick up the RPMs and dump the clutch? Launch the old fashioned way and forget a push button. Might as well add a voice command to the Sync system to respond to "ENGAGE!" so you can sit back like Capt Picard.

Re:Old Fashioned (0)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#45645469)

Make it so.

Labeling Atop Button (4, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 months ago | (#45644953)

"Press this button to receive citation"

Re:Labeling Atop Button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645135)

Sponsored by Goodyear. (Car more expensive without button.)

Re:Labeling Atop Button (4, Funny)

gman003 (1693318) | about 10 months ago | (#45645229)

Excellent! Somebody buy a dozen of these for Wikipedia, I've heard they need citations.

Re:Labeling Atop Button (2)

Trogre (513942) | about 10 months ago | (#45645521)

Stick beneath the licence plate of a known boy-racer in your neighbourhood:

[Citation needed]

Re:Labeling Atop Button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645965)

Excellent! Somebody buy a dozen of these for Wikipedia, I've heard they need citations.

Why would Wikipedia need a bunch of shitty GM cars from the 1980's?

"Snow and Ice" (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about 10 months ago | (#45645565)

Because there's a legal reason to want to keep your wheels spinning while you drive off, it'll be labeled "Snow and Ice". Try driving away on a slippery surface on a slight inclination with a car with traction control. You'll never get anywhere, unless you can disable it.

Re:"Snow and Ice" (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 10 months ago | (#45645769)

Pretty sure maxxing out the rear wheel spin with the front brakes locked in a RWD on ice/snow is a REALLY BAD idea, unless the car is parked in the middle of a bunch of pillow factories with no walls.

Since that is what the button does and all. We already have traction buttons...

Re:"Snow and Ice" (4, Informative)

timeOday (582209) | about 10 months ago | (#45646013)

Try driving away on a slippery surface on a slight inclination with a car with traction control. You'll never get anywhere, unless you can disable it.

Where did you get that idea? Watch this video [youtube.com] , starting 34 seconds in.

Re:Labeling Atop Button (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645959)

Indeed. You "press" that "burnout button" and after burnout has taken place, the rear cameras will take
photos of the skid-marks while the camera mounted in the steering wheel takes a photo of the
driver. Then the entire record of the incident including customer_id, gps and time are uploaded to

https://ford-mustang-burnout-violations.lockheed-redeye/violator?mustang_burnout

and from there the process is pretty much the same as with any red-light camera violation except
that for the location we substitute the identifier for the nearest traffic light camera. Right now we do
check if the violation occurred within 10 miles of that camera, but sometimes we'll have the case
where the violation was still outside the jurisdiction of our customer (but I'm sure they'll try and
prosecute all the same).

Um, why? (1)

tricorn (199664) | about 10 months ago | (#45644959)

I guess I'm underwhelmed. I never realized people were that into destroying tires.

Re:Um, why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645039)

because chicks

Re:Um, why? (5, Funny)

LunaticTippy (872397) | about 10 months ago | (#45645071)

The button is for thrifty people who want to get their moneys worth out of their tires. When you're about to get a new set of tires you do burnouts in the tire store parking lot until metal is showing, rotate the tires and repeat. Then proudly pull in to the service bay with absolutely no tread left on any of your tires.

Re:Um, why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645549)

I lol'd. Guess I'll start doing this now.

Re:Um, why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645083)

Guess you've never been to Australia.

Bogans everywhere love their burnouts. Bit of a coincidence that this Mustang has been rumoured to be shipped to Aus too...

Re:Um, why? (4, Funny)

hey! (33014) | about 10 months ago | (#45645105)

When I was a teenager back in the 70s I knew a kid who put a solenoid controlled bleach dispenser over his rear tires to achieve that truly obnoxious white smoke burnout.

Why, do you ask? What possible purpose could that serve? Well, when his girlfriend dumped him, he backed up into her parent's driveway and blanketed their house in smoke for ten minutes.

This pretty much shows the level of mentality involved.

Re:Um, why? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645225)

I guess I'm underwhelmed. I never realized people were that into destroying tires.

Mustang Cobras are bought as cars you can bring to the drag strip and maintain a factory warranty.

That said:
At a drag strip, generally before your run, you are sitting in line waiting, and waiting, and waiting, allowing enough time for your tires to cool off to ambient temperature. This is terrible for grip off the line. So generally, you'll roll into the burnout box (a small lowered area in the tarmac containing a little water) and perform a burnout. This does 2 things:
1) Warms up the tires to about 120-170 degrees, an ideal temperature for a powerful grip when the light goes green.
2) Clears off any debris you may have picked up travelling in the pit lanes or at the end of the track.

Both of these are for obtaining maximum traction. Traction generally equals safety (unless you're running a twin-turbo or heavily supercharged engine capable of lifting the front wheels off the ground, then you're asking for trouble on a whole new level and will likely never make use of the burnout button.) Considering how many people out there buy a 400+ horsepower Mustang without knowing the slightest thing about drag racing, expecting to show up at the track, put their pedal to the floor and go without so much a thought, this can prevent many trackday injuries caused by people who can't hold a proper burnout.

Re:Um, why? (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#45645255)

Consider it a Chinese tire torture test.

If the tire fails after a minute then it's bad, if it lasts 3 minutes it's safe.

New low (1, Interesting)

JustNiz (692889) | about 10 months ago | (#45645081)

Wow, this button is a new low both for Ford and for the Mustang.
Burnouts are for morons in the first place, but If you can't do one without a button you shouldn't even be behind the wheel.

A skill (5, Funny)

MrKaos (858439) | about 10 months ago | (#45645117)

Burnouts are a skill acquired when a Bogan (White trash or whatever) is finally able to purchase a vehicle capable of breaking traction on dry ground. After this qualification they are ready for a doughnut (or Dohhy) usually in a carpark where there are plenty of victi^h^h^h^h^honlookers present to qualify you as a full on dickhead.

Like much automation these days, such a feature would automate the process of becoming a dickhead, allowing many more dickheads because, as you are probably aware, what the world needs is more dickheads.

Re:A skill (2)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#45645239)

hey, dickheads keep the economy going by supplying customers and cash to, not in any particular order: bars - dickheads need to buy lots of beer, auto performance shops - hi-performance parts cost money and there's a huge aftermarket for everything to go fast (think SEMA [sema.org] ), hospitals because dickheads get injured when their car hits a telephone pole and when they knock up every unwed teenage mother within a 20 mile radius, they buy DVDs of Fast and Furious movies to hear Vin Diesel say something, fast food restaurants - hey dickheads gotta eat and finally funeral homes because the dickhead decided to turbocharge his F body mustang and didn't realize it would go that fast when it was finished.

We need dickheads in this world, just like we need Oprah and the Kardashians to counteract the opposite end of the retard spectrum.

Re:A skill (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645281)

You Brits and your language are atrocious. I'm glad we kicked you out of America way back when.

^^^^------ To The Top! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645291)

The above post says it all. There is no need for further comment on this article.

LOL

Re:A skill (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 10 months ago | (#45645293)

because, as you are probably aware, what the world needs is more dickheads.

Is that you, Shaft?

Re:A skill (2)

mdielmann (514750) | about 10 months ago | (#45645673)

TV Advertizer: "Always wanted to be a dickhead, but were never good enough to do it on your own? Well, have we got a product for you! Just push this big red button and everyone around will know you're a dickhead! It's that simple! Order now and an inflatable floozy will be included at NO CHARGE! (Male floozies not available.)"

Perfect Ticket (1)

stackOVFL (1791898) | about 10 months ago | (#45645121)

I'd call it the "Perfect Ticket button" (tm). If you do that in eyesight of a cop that's what you'll get. Who's kidding who, no one with the minimum testosterone required to buy the car will be saving that button for the track....

Just like SUVs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645171)

Fucktards who don't have a real set of balls need to cruise up and down the avenue in "muscle" cars and oversized station wagons.
 
This kind of horseshit keeps a lot of companies afloat making money from the insecure.

Re:Just like SUVs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645207)

I'll take US cars over rice, especially those with fart cans that you can stick a beach ball into, and 6 foot tall aluminum spoilers.

Re:Just like SUVs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645707)

Yeah, because your options are muscle cars or rice.... how insightful.

Re:Just like SUVs... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 10 months ago | (#45645283)

[Bleeps] who don't have a real set of balls need to cruise up and down the avenue in "muscle" cars...This kind of [bleep] keeps a lot of companies afloat...

Says the guy with a Darth Vader case mod

Re:Just like SUVs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645601)

Except for that I don't. Care to come up with something relevant? Didn't think so.

Meh... (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#45645177)

You need a button for this? For me it's apply the right foot to the floor at any speed. You can do this while stopped as well to make the tires break loose and smoke. It's all about applying more force than the mechanical traction of the tires will allow on the road surface. It seems nowadays these kids need a button for everything. I'm sure if they could wire it into an iPhone or Android app it would be even better.

Burnout Button (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#45645187)

Does it have DJ Atomika on the radio?

Brought to you by Bridgestone (1)

Wintermute__ (22920) | about 10 months ago | (#45645193)

Wonder how much the tire companies paid Ford to put this in.

Also, if you need a button to do a burnout...

Turbo Boost (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about 10 months ago | (#45645243)

I'd prefer a turbo boost button ala Knight Rider's KITT

(but can only be used once per episode)

Re:Turbo Boost (1)

turp182 (1020263) | about 10 months ago | (#45645921)

The AC button was the Turbo button in my CRV, basically allowing the vehicle to hit 75 on an open highway...

The proposition to my wife was "speed or comfort", so we lumbered slowly down the road in a nice cool vehicle environment.

HomerMobile (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 10 months ago | (#45645249)

Does it have a Donut Chip also?

Re:HomerMobile (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645411)

Does it have a Donut Chip also?

Donut chip would attract even more cops

What Kind Of Little Bitch Are You? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645261)

What kind of little bitch are you that needs a burnout button?

Launch control I get. But, if you can't drop the hammer without a special button, you need to stay on the curb.

Who needs a Button for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645319)

Step one But a Real "Muscle Car" I recomend Mid to Late 60s Chevrolet, Plymouth or Dodge
Step Two Stomp on the Gass peddle
Step three "Perfict Burnout"
Step four Recive Citation from the police and make make people who injoy classic automobeils look like Duchebags.
Step 5 Pay high replacement price for tires as well as Citation fines.

Re:Who needs a Button for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645531)

Step one Buy a Real "Muscle Car" I recomend Mid to Late 60s Chevrolet, Plymouth or Dodge
Step 1.3 Stomp on ze clutch
Step 1.7 Select 1st gear
Step Two Stomp on the Gass peddle
Step 2.5 Releaze clutch
Step three "Perfict Burnout"
Step four Recive Citation from the police and make make people who injoy classic automobeils look like Duchebags.
Step 5 Pay high replacement price for tires as well as Citation fines.

FTFY

I would be more impressed (1)

aoeu (532208) | about 10 months ago | (#45645391)

if it pulls the front wheels off the ground and continues to maintain lane.

Get with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45645419)

In my young days, we used to call this 'striping off'.

I have one (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 10 months ago | (#45645427)

As a stressed programmer, I press the "Burnout" button all the time. But it just pops a message saying, "Shouldda been a dentist, like your mom told you."

Better than burnout. (2)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 10 months ago | (#45645581)

Burnouts may be showy. But you get better acceleration from a standing start if you DON'T break traction.

What I'd find more useful is a "button" for automatic maximum-traction acceleration (to a presetable speed or until you let off the gas). Think "anti-lock brakes" but in acceleration.

(Though what I'd find FAR more useful is integrating "tow-haul" mode with the speed control.)

Re:Better than burnout. (3, Informative)

maz2331 (1104901) | about 10 months ago | (#45646027)

BMW has that. It's called launch control.

They already come this way. (1)

Grog6 (85859) | about 10 months ago | (#45646073)

I've made some decent bets about whether or not someone can do a donut as well as my 96 Cougar...

Cars with always-on traction control can't do a donut or burnout, no matter how much horsepower they have.

It really pisses them off when you can do a kille,r around-the-front-wheels donut; and they can't even break it loose. :)

One of my coworkers has a newish Mustang with a blower, and it won't but barely squeak the tires. It won't do anything showy, unless you want to go 100mph in a parking lot. :facepalm:

I'm sure that can be fixed with a tune, but it sure is funny to see someone pay that much and be that ripped off, experience-wise. :)

Dude with the Audi was able to do a 4 wheel drive donut; not something I'd seen, but wtf, it's all good. :)
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Ford Mustang? (1)

betterprimate (2679747) | about 10 months ago | (#45645615)

Oh, I thought it was the new Ford Taurus.

What's the point? (1)

jfengel (409917) | about 10 months ago | (#45645819)

Reading the comments I eventually got enough context to track down the Wikipedia entry, which says: "drag racing tires perform better at higher temperatures, and a burnout is the quickest way to raise tire temperature immediately prior to a race. They also clean the tire of any debris and lay down a layer of rubber by the starting line for better traction."

So... is this just for drag racing? Or is there some other point to this?

And now the mustang looses cred (1)

upuv (1201447) | about 10 months ago | (#45645849)

There is nothing cool about a factory button that shows off for you.

What "skill" and motor head credibility does a big black button give you?

The button should just cause a speaker to blare out "WANKER!" it would have the same effect.

Re:And now the mustang looses cred (1)

Grog6 (85859) | about 10 months ago | (#45646081)

Agreed. :)

Anyone looking to hire? (1)

drakesword (3203755) | about 10 months ago | (#45646039)

I will create a big green drift button

Is Ford insane? (1)

technical_maven (2756487) | about 10 months ago | (#45646061)

An incredibly stupid idea that is not only illegal in most states but also an invitation for liability lawsuits and potential accidents... Hoepfully saner heads will prevail and this "feature" will never see the light of day!

Re:Is Ford insane? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45646141)

When the Jalopnik article starts with the question, "Does The 2015 Mustang Have Electronics That Help Do Burnouts?" and then links to another auto blog which is nothing but "our secret source said this" and other speculative crap, With Ford being silent on the issue, I wouldn't hold any hope of this being more than vaporware.

Stupid but awesome (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 10 months ago | (#45646105)

Completely dumb feature... but who wouldn't actually want it? You might not ever press it. But its there...calling to you... and one drunken night... magic will happen... and automotive landscaping.

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