Ford’s Latest EV Mustang Prototype Looks Like an Absolute Blast
by Bryon Dorr
Updated on July 21, 2020. In Automotive News
We now know that the leaked “spy” footage was actually testing of the latest electric Ford Mustang Mach-E prototype. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the latest custom Mustang out of Ford. The vehicle is a collaboration between Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles. The latest video has it doing donuts and racing around a track with a wide range of impressive custom Mustangs, including Ken Block’s Hoonicorn.
Mustang Mach-E 1400
First off, no you can’t go buy one, and yes we want one as well. All-electric all-wheel-drive tire-shredding looks like a ton of fun!
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a one-of-a-kind prototype designed to get people excited about electric vehicles. It runs a similar powertrain to what Ford unveiled in their Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 dragster prototype. In a similar fashion, the Mach-E 1400 can put down 1,400 peak horsepower.
No drift car/fun machine would be complete without a hydraulic handbrake. This can be an issue with an EV however, but Mach-E 1400 works around this by turning off the power to the rear wheels and grabbing the rear brakes when the handbrake is pulled.
“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, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
Details, Details, Details!
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 makes the insane horsepower through a combo of 7-motors and a special battery pack. Three motors are attached to the front differential and four to the rear. All are routed through a single driveshaft. This setup not only produces insane power, but also allows configuring the car as front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive when appropriate, and on the fly. The Mach-E 1400 can be configured for a wide range of performance tasks.
With over 2,300-pounds of downforce at 160 mph this custom Mustang should be able to corner as well as it goes in a straight line. Track, drift, Gymkana, or even drag racing should pose no issues for this impressive machine.
The vehicle has a full carbon body, but the hood is made “of special organic composite fibers.” A lightweight alternative to the carbon that is being explored.
Big Brembo brakes, similar to those found on the Mustang GT4 race car, make sure this speed demon is able to stop.
Experience The Mach-E 1400 Soon
Expect to see the Mach-E 1400 revealed soon at a NASCAR race. No word on which on has been revealed just yet.
The best part about the Mach-E 1400 might just be that it is equipped with 4 racing seats. No doubt Ford will be doing some ride along demonstration runs at evens soon. We know we want a ride!
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