Tires and Ice Cream

According to the folks from Michelin, there are over 200 ingredients in an auto tire that fall into five groups: “Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

According to the folks from Michelin, there are over 200 ingredients in an auto tire that fall into five groups:

Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers

Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires

Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability

Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

Numerous chemical agents: for unique properties like low rolling resistance or ultra-high grip”

Which came to mind when we saw this picture of a 2018 Mustang equipped with an electronic line-lock:

Ford unleashes Line-Lock on Mustang Ecoboost

The electronic line-lock is something more familiar to those who participate in drag racing, as it allows the drivers to heat up their tires before the Christmas tree counts down to “Go.”

The clouds of smoke are indicative of the tires heating up.

So Ford, which had been offering the function on its V8 Mustangs, is now putting it on all Mustangs, including those with 2.3-liter EcoBoosts, whether those cars have a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.

To activate, the driver selects electric line-lock from a menu on the instrument cluster and hits a button on the steering wheel. The system builds pressure on the front brake calipers for up to 15 seconds while the driver can stand on the throttle, spinning the rear tires to create the billowing cloud of natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon black and silica, and numerous chemical agents. (Presumably the metallic and textile reinforcement cables don’t come into play.)

Then VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!

For those who opt for a Mustang with a 12-inch digital display, when the electronic line-lock is activated there is an animation of a wheel laying rubber shown.

Ford unleashes Line-Lock on Mustang Ecoboost

In a video promoting the exhilaration of the function, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Formula Drift Champion and Ford spokesperson, lets “regular” people accompany him to Irwindale Speedway (east of LA) burn some serious rubber.

Let’s say that you don’t track your car and you have that feature. After using it a few times, wouldn’t it really become sort of like eating ice cream for every meal?