Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. has again introduced an all-electric Mustang prototype with 1,400 peak horsepower, demonstrating the abilities of electric vehicles. The car is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon. Details about the race were not disclosed.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 was developed in collaboration with RTR, an OEM performance vehicles company for Ford’s product line based in North Carolina, and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body.
The 2021 all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which includes a GT model, is a commercial SUV lineup that is scheduled to arrive in Ford dealerships later this year. Prices start at $44,995.
Offering two battery sizes and either rear- or all-wheel drive, the Mach-E can provide up to 300 miles of driving range. Its five-passenger cabin offers numerous features and infotainment options along with multiple cargo and storage solutions. Reservations are now being take at Ford.com.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup,” says Ron Heiser, chief program engineer of Mustang Mach-E. “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.”
The Mustang is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR, according to Ford, and is aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers think it can do.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” says Vaughn Gittin Jr., founder of RTR and a motorsports champion. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
The design team used many of the same tools Ford uses for its race cars and production programs, adding optimized aerodynamics with a focus on cooling ducts, front splitter, dive planes, and rear wing.
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has seven motors, five more than the Mustang Mach-E GT. Three are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials, which have a range of adjustability to set the car up for drifting and track racing.
“The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” says Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director of Ford Performance. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.”
The chassis and powertrain are set up to allow the team to investigate different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and front-wheel drive. Drift and track setups have different front-end configurations such as control arms and steering changes to allow for extreme steering angles in drifting. Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.
The 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery is made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high performance and high discharge rate. The battery system is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs.
An electronic brake booster is integrated to allow series regenerative braking combined with anti-lock braking and stability control to optimize the braking system. Mustang Mach-E 1400 features Brembo brakes, like the Mustang GT4 racecar, and a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting that integrates with the powertrain controls to enable the ability to shut off power to the rear motors.
The car serves as a test bed for new materials: the hood is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide, with the first global vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, available to order now. It is slated to be available for purchase at the end of the year.