Buckle up, things are about to get a little e-crazy.
Hot on the heels of their electric 1,400-horsepower track-only Cobra Jet drag racer project, the cooks over in Ford’s special projects division, in close collaboration with RTR Vehicles, have gone a bit mental and unleashed a second one-off extreme EV, this time wearing tailored Mach E street clothes over its astounding performance capabilities. It looks like a tarted up Mach E, the electrified Mustang Ford is hoping to ship later this year, but it’s wearing enough wings, scoops, splitters and airfoils to shame most F1 cars.
Trust me, it needs them. Take a look:
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a prototype but as prototypes go, it’s suddenly crept a lot closer to appearing like a stocker than the clearly race-oriented Cobra Jet. So why all the finnery? Because this monster in wolf’s clothing isn’t some straight-line special, it’s built to turn and burn – all four tires at once. A total of seven motors populate the complicated drivetrain that pulls power from a stout 56.8-kilowatt-hour nickel manganese battery, offering pilots nth-degree control over torque vectoring for some Ken Block-worthy drifting action. Indeed, Block and his 1,000hp twin-turbo AWD Mustang gasser make a brief appearance in the video, along with some other Mustang specials and driving havoc specialists.
But it’s not all about wearing down the rubber bits to a nub. Pointed in a straighter line, the Mach-E 1400 is designed to stick to the road at race track speeds, with all the airflow accoutrements adding over 2,300 pounds of downforce when the speedo reaches 160 miles an hour. Fittingly, the Mach-E 1400 will make its public debut with some exhibition track time at a NASCAR race “soon” according to Ford, so stay tuned.
What’s driving the electric lunacy at Ford? The growing realization that electric cars can bring a new and very much improved driving experience no matter if you’re driving to work or towards a checkered flag. The production Mach E will have one or two motors depending on options, but the Mach-E 1400 shows that unlike a gas-powered car, the future is wide open when it comes to electric motorvation. “The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.” And it appears a lot of fun is possible as well.
The team at RTR started with a Mach E shell and built up an interior space frame before slotting in the all-wheel drivetrain, batteries, motor controllers and cooling system. While it’s a one-off, the car does include production-level systems including Brembo brakes (with a drift-controlling handbrake of course), ABS, regenerative braking, stability control systems and even some influences from the Mustang GT4 racing machine. “Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder and hooning specialist, who drives the lightning-powered Mustang in the video. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.” We’d go on that ride for sure.
The capability to upgrade and tweak power delivery of electric vehicles has also reached into Ford’s upcoming Mach E Mustang offering. Late last month, Ford announced that power output for the Mach E production vehicles had gotten a performance bump, from 332 horsepower to 346, with a rise in torque from 417 to 428 pound feet, giving the top-level E-Stang a 0-60 time in the five second range. All other variations of the Mach E will also get power bumps before delivery late this year. Pre-orders for the Mustang Mach E are now open.