Launch Mode is a custom feature added to Stage1 performance maps for the 2014-2016 FXT only. This feature will allow for a more aggressive brake-torque launch* and/or to minimize or eliminate performance reduction due to specific throttle closures in other situations. Launch Mode is currently not compatible with FXT CVT vehicles that are equipped with factory EyeSight option.
WARNING: Using the launch mode feature puts more stress on the transmission, drivetrain, engine and other
components and can result in increased wear of any of these components as well as the potential for catastrophic
failure. The more aggressive driving characteristics that are possible with the launch mode feature could also potentially result in an unexpected loss of vehicle control. This feature should only be used in controlled off-road racing conditions where all parties understand the risks involved.
To enable this feature you must hold down the cruise control CANCEL button on the steering wheel when cruise control is OFF (i.e. the cruise control icon on the dash is not illuminated). The CANCEL button must be held for as long as you want launch mode to be applied. Launch mode is only available during a brake-torque launch and a short period after the launch. The increase in torque after enabling launch mode while performing a brake-torque launch will not be instantaneous. Although still a relatively short period, it does take some time to build maximum boost/torque for the launch. That said, the time period the higher torque level is held should be minimized at all costs (see warning below).
WARNING: When staging for a brake-torque launch, the driver should hold the CANCEL button
the absolute minimum amount of time necessary in order to build enough boost for an aggressive launch. While
following this guideline is no guarantee against increased wear or catastrophic failure of any vehicle components,
longer periods of high engine torque when staging can be very detrimental to the vehicle.
* A brake-torque launch is a practice used with an automatic transmission where the driver uses the brake pedal with their left foot to hold the car stationary while they preload the drivetrain with their right foot on the gas pedal.