Ford’s decision to give its first electric vehicle the Mustang name definitely made more than a few people unhappy. To convince the non-believers, Ford Has now unveiled the Mustang Mach-E 1400 to show what electric propulsion is truly capable of.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a one-off build done in collaboration with basically-in-house tuners RTR Vehicles, which Ford says took 10,000 man hours between the two teams to complete. The result? A truly Mustang-worthy “all purpose” race car that is meant to do everything a “regular” engine can do.
As the name suggests, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 has a peak output of 1,400 american ponies (1419 hp), supplied by seven(!) electric motors – three at the front and four at the rear.
Energy is supplied from a 56.8 kWh nickel manganese cobalt battery that can withstand ultra-high discharge rates, and is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs.
The unique drivetrain and chassis on the Mustang Mach-E 1400 allows the car to be set up for everything from drag races to drifting – the latter thanks to the adapted chassis from the production Mach-E, designed to fit a completely different front end configuration to allow for the extreme steering angles.
The hydraulic handbrake system, used to kick the back out, is even integrated directly to the drivetrain to shut off power to the rear motors when pulled.
Unbridled by rules and road regulations, Ford was able to use many of the same technologies used on all its different race cars – including aerodynamics that can generates more than 1,000 kg (2,300 lb.) of downforce at 256 km/h (160 mph). The Brembo brakes have also been pulled directly from a Mustang GT4 race car, according to the blue-oval.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said RTR Vehicles founder and motorsports veteran Vaughn Gittin Jr.. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is set to make its debut at a Nascar race soon, ahead of the delivery of its production-version Mustang Mach E, slated for the end of this year in the US.