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Launch Control

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Launch control is a program on some high-powered vehicles which helps put just the right level of power to the driving surface so the wheels don't slip too much. It can do this either by limiting the engine's power, lightly applying brakes to the drive wheels, or some other more rare methods.

Lightweight, high-powered vehicles often need a launch control system to prevent wheel spin which would occur at nearly any level of throttle input.

Affect on 0-60 Times

As soon as an engine makes enough power to overcome the grip of the tire tread, getting the shortest possible time going 0 to 60 MPH means limiting the power to the drive wheels just enough to prevent slippage, while still getting maximum power for acceleration. While traction control can help reduce this slippage, launch control tends to be more focused on a launch from a standstill and in a straight line.