US auto giant Ford has unveiled a souped-up, one-of-a-kind, 1400 horse-power version of its all-electric Mach-E, no doubt wanting to stir up appeal to both Revheads and rEVheads (and let’s face it, isn’t there one in all of us?).
Ford says an incredible 3,118Nm torque at 257km an hour is achievable with this tour-de-force all-electric Mustang,which has been developed in conjunction with RTR Vehicles.
And no wonder – it has seven motors. Yes, seven – three 200kWh electric motors stacked on the front axle and another four stacked on the back.
Heaven knows what this means for power consumption or driving range – Ford hasn’t gone into these trivial questions.
Unfortunately for the speed demons, neither has it done bench-testing on acceleration, but from the video released alongside the announcement that you can view below you’ll see it must be pretty wicked.
We do know that the Mach-E 1400 prototype has a 56.8kWh battery under the floor, which is smaller than the minimum 75.7kWh battery in the base production Mach-E and which Ford says uses NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) pouch cells for “ultra-high performance and high discharge rate”.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup,” said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer for Mustang Mach-E of the demonstration of pure whining power.
“Mustang Mach-E is going to be fun to drive, just like every other Mustang before it, but Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely insane, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR.”
In the video, the Mach-E 1400 with motorsports champ and RTR founder Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel faces off against rally driver Ken Block’s Hoonicorn, drift and stunt driving expert Chelsea DeNofa in an RTR Mustang, and pro stock car drivers Hailie Deegan’s GT350R and Joey Logano’s NASCAR Mustang.
Of course, the Mach E is first out of the starting lineup, and taking it through high speed aero, handling, drift and gymkhana paces it doesn’t skip a beat.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Gittin Jr., in a statement of the driving experience.
That’s important considering Ford says it intends to debut the The Mach-E 1400 at an NASCAR race in the near future.
“The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance in a statement.
“Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.”
Not sure Ford got the memo about tyre particle pollution though.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.
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