Ready, Set, Go: Track Apps on 2013 Ford Mustang Gives Drivers Instant Performance Information

By Auto News Log • November 15th, 2011

– 2013 Ford Mustang gets even more technology upgrades including Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics through a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen. Designed with enthusiasts in mind, it measures g forces, shows acceleration times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments, and displays braking times complete with automatic and countdown starts
– Also new for 2013 Mustang are two audio systems that deliver premium sound, with a new Shaker Pro system offering nine speakers that pump out 550 watts of power

LOS ANGELES – Ford Mustang delivers more performance inside the cabin, thanks to new technologies and features for the 2013 model year aimed at making the drive even more fun.

“Mustang stays fresh by keeping pace with everything going on in the tech world,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “We are taking all the technology people are used to using and finding ways to integrate it into Mustang, based on enthusiasts’ feedback.”

An available new 4.2-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) productivity screen positioned between the tachometer and speedometer helps customers track information related to fuel economy and vehicle performance. The menu is navigated through a five-way button on the steering wheel.

Unique to Mustang’s productivity screen is Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics for drivers who want to put their car to the test at the track.

An accelerometer shows the g force the car is pulling from left to right. Drivers can also track their fastest times with the acceleration timer screen, which offers 0-30 mph, 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, eighth-mile and quarter-mile. Both an automatic start and a countdown start, complete with drag racing start light, are available.

The brake performance screen indicates stopping time and distance for 60-0 or 100-0. The view/clear results screen lets drivers take a look at their top times including their all-time best. They can also review their last results and saved results from the acceleration timer and brake performance screen.

“We took advantage of sensors that are already on the vehicle to give customers information they would have to pay extra for in the aftermarket,” said Jeff Seaman, Mustang launch leader. “They have more data at their fingertips than ever before.”

Using these base menu options, owners can see and customize the following information:

Gauge mode: Checking temperature/engine operation
Air-to-fuel ratio
Cylinder head temperature
Inlet air temperature
Oil temperature
Transmission temperature

Trip computer: Counting the miles
Information on two trips available
Trip time and mileage
Gallons of fuel used and miles per gallon

Fuel economy: Up-to-the-second information
Fuel history can be broken down to three time periods
Five resets are available to track fuel history
Fuel economy displays miles to empty as well as average and instantaneous miles per gallon
View/clear results

Set steering feel – sport, standard or comfort
Update MyColor
Set MyKey®
Turn features on or off
Change duration of lamps
Change operating condition for maintenance schedules
Set oil life percentage

Information: Navigate and view warnings
System check screen displays information such as oil life, engine hours, engine idle hours and open doors
Warnings, such as “Left door ajar,” can be displayed graphically

Technology and connectivity features

The 2013 Ford Mustang also offers two new audio systems for even better sound quality for incredible clarity and crispness. The optional Shaker system comes with eight speakers and pumps out 370 watts of power. The upgraded Shaker Pro offers nine speakers and delivers 550 watts of power.

“We are really listening to our customers and making technology and convenience more accessible,” said Jim Owens, Mustang Marketing manager. “New customer option packages for the GT and V6 that provide SYNC® with steering wheel controls, a leather steering wheel and shifter, six-way power driver’s seat, fog lamps and auto dim mirror are just one example.”

The 2013 Ford Mustang also includes a wealth of features for more customer convenience.

Standard and available technology features include:

Auxiliary audio input jack
HD Radio
SIRIUS® Satellite Radio
SYNC with AppLink™
Voice-activated Navigation System with touch-screen display
Rear view camera
Reverse Sensing System

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

Source: Ford


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