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2024 S650 New Ford Mustang Drift Brake GT
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The S650 Ford Mustang has just debuted, and while it has many new features that take the iconic pony car into the future, some are more fun than others. People can gawk at the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 center stack and real-time graphical renderings. But the real fun is had behind the wheel, which is where the new drift stick comes into play.

Since electronic brakes have been integrated into cars, we’ve lost the ability to lock up the rear wheels and fling a car’s tail to and fro in a safe open space, but that’s no longer the case with the S650 Ford Mustang. Thanks to a segment-first electronic drift brake, new technology is brought to the racetrack. In turn, we get rear-wheel-drive drifting capability of the Ford Mustang with the visual appeal and functionality of a traditional, mechanical hand brake. The new Ford Mustang Performance Electronic Parking Brake was calibrated with the help of Formula D legend Vaughn Gittin Jr himself, comes standard with the Performance Pack on all Mustang models. Engineered for novice drivers to learn and improve their drift skills while providing expert drivers with a competition-ready system. Pull up on the drift stick and have fun.

2024 S650 Ford Mustang
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2024 S650 Ford Mustang: Additional Details

The Performance Pack for the S650 Ford Mustang GT and EcoBoost models adds a host of track-focused features, including a front Tower Brace, Torsen Limited Slip Differential, and optional MagnaRide active suspension. Additionally, the pack adds wider rear wheels and tires and larger, 390-millimeter front and 355-millimeter rear Brembo brakes. The GT Performance Pack adds brake ducts for even more enhanced cooling and a standard auxiliary engine oil cooler. Performance Pack also offers optional Recaro seats and active exhaust.

For customers that desire the S650 Ford Mustang, but don’t want to embrace the future of cars entirely. The manual transmission remains available, and with the Mustang GT, it includes standard rev-matching that helps hold engine RPM when the clutch is engaged. This retains peak torque between manual gear changes, delivering even more precision, thrill, and better refinement. Paired with the new drift brake, drivers can have more control over the car while drifting around turns on a track.

2024 S650 Ford Mustang
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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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