For many who might have forgotten, or just have not heard of it, Ford introduced the Mustang’s new Drag Mode when it revealed the zero-60 mph time for the 2018 Mustang GT. It touted it as being the method to get the quickest shifts and most torque to the pavement. It appeared like enjoyable, and there was just one applicable place to test it.
So we went to Milan Dragway, a countryside drag strip close to Milan, Michigan. Amongst the timber and farm fields is 1 / 4-mile plus of sticky tarmac for hustling scorching rods down. I took our Orange Fury Mustang GT there throughout a test and tune night time when individuals come out simply to do follow runs with their automobiles, not as a lot for racing. I hoped to get in as many runs in as potential and to see if Drag Mode would have a lot of an impact on my occasions as a reasonably newbie drag racer. And by newbie, I imply, I’ve taken my private automobiles to drag strips a number of occasions for enjoyable, however I am not an skilled at nailing launches, doing burnouts to warmth the tires, and I haven’t got the timing on the lights down.
After paying my entry charge of $30 and a fast examine over at the tech inspection station, I rolled on over to the staging lanes to attend my flip at the lights. Round me have been quite a lot of racers operating every little thing from a V8-swapped Suzuki Sidekick to modified Hayabusas. I made a decision I might do my first base run in Sport mode. I sidestepped the water field as a result of I wasn’t going to do a burnout, however I needed to truly nonetheless have traction leaving the begin line. I pulled as much as activate each staging lights, and let the lights drop. At inexperienced, I stepped off the brake and jammed down the fuel, letting the 10-velocity automated type itself out as the speeds climbed. After getting again on the brakes previous the end line, I looped round to select up my time slip which stated I tripped the lights in 12.849 seconds at 111.sixty eight mph. Not dangerous for a bone-inventory car that wasn’t even in hardcore Drag Mode.
So I line up once more and waited for my subsequent run. Since there are solely two lanes and plenty of drivers, it takes fairly some time. This second time, I activate Drag Mode, anticipating to see a noticeable change in time. I line up at the lights, go from the brake to the fuel on inexperienced identical to final time. This time, it looks like the car launches more durable, and every subsequent shift is quick and exhausting. The tires chirp every time, and you may actually really feel each shift. It is undoubtedly extra thrilling than in Sport mode. I decelerate previous the end line and swing round for my time slip. The result: 12.979 at 112.sixty three mph. “Huh,” I assumed to myself, “That is not what I used to be anticipating.”
At this level, I paused to go seize some B-roll, however I knew I needed to do at least yet one more run earlier than leaving. Particularly since I used to be questioning if perhaps I received slightly water on the tires or one thing that made my run a tad slower. The solar was setting and I hopped again in line for another run earlier than the monitor shut down. As soon as once more, I put it in Drag Mode, and launched it like I had the final couple occasions. The launch and the really feel felt simply as tough and thrilling as the final Drag Mode run. At the timing booth, I received my slip, and noticed I managed my best time of 12.828 at 112.10 mph. And, sure, that is solely about .02 of a second quicker than the Sport mode run.
Now, in fact this is not the most scientific test, since that might require much more test runs in lots of extra modes, however that is not essentially potential at a public test and tune, and positively will not be the expertise for the common Mustang proprietor. And it is potential that somebody with extra drag racing expertise might handle a greater launch and discover a solution to get somewhat benefit with Drag Mode. However should you’re an newbie simply in search of some enjoyable, like myself, Drag Mode is not going that will help you a lot. However on a subjective foundation, Drag Mode positive made these 12 seconds much more exhilarating, so it is nonetheless value enjoying with for those who get the automated. And should you ever need to get into bracket drag racing, which is about getting as near the similar time time and again, not outright velocity, this transmission proved to be astonishingly constant.
It is undoubtedly value making an attempt it out at the drag strip. I had a good time with the Mustang there. Apart from it being a enjoyable car to run, it is a blast to see so many different fascinating automobiles. I noticed all the things from a present-prepared customized C7 Corvette convertible to a V8-swapped Geo Tracker two-door. The air is full of rumbling exhaust, screeching tires and the distinct, candy odor of excessive-octane fuel. It is just a little slice of car man heaven.
So to recap, the Mustang, no matter transmission, is a hoot at the drag strip, able to fast occasions even in the arms of an novice. Drag Mode does not actually do any good for an newbie, however man does it make the expertise extra visceral and enjoyable. And maybe extra necessary is that going to the drag strip is enjoyable, no matter the car you are in, so attempt it out a while. Now should you’ll excuse me, I’ll be checking Milan’s schedule for upcoming occasions.
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