[VIDEO] 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 launch control explained image

Ford’s two-minute video, which you’ll see below, shows a little bit of how the Launch Control works.

It’s a cool system, allowing the driver to alter the RPM held by the engine with the clutch depressed. Drop the clutch and, instead of watching your Goodyear F1 Supercar tires go the way of the Dodo, you hook up and take off down the drag strip.

With the “extremely simple” launch control engaged and on a drag strip, we found that the Shelby GT500 can hit 60 miles an hour from a stop in just 3.8 seconds and finish the quarter mile in 11.78 seconds, noting that along the way the Shelby “screams and whines like a demonic toddler having a meltdown.”

To enable the launch-control system, drivers can either use the Track Apps function on the gauge cluster or tap a switch on the left side of the instrument panel.

When the launch-control function is enabled, all the driver has to do is press firmly on the gas pedal, then quickly release the clutch. The difference is that the electronics will automatically hold the engine steady at the desired speed and manage the rear brakes to allow the optimum amount of wheel slip for maximum traction.

Launch control won’t do the driving, but it is a tool to help drivers extract consistent high performance from the most powerful production Mustang ever.

Powered by a 5.8-liter supercharged V8, the GT500 can reach a top speed of more than 200 mph, courtesy of 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. It is the fastest Mustang ever made.