Ford’s electric Mustang prototype with 1,400 horsepower
Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of fuel.
Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower (1,419 PS) all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance.
Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower (1,419 PS). The chassis and powertrain work together for a multitude of setups offering capability unlike any other vehicle.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our portfolio,” said Ron Heiser, chief programme engineer, 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 Mach-E 1400 is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do.
“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.”
Vaughn told Fox News Autos that it uses axial flux motors instead of the permanent magnet synchronous type the street car has, with three up front and four in the back.
Both are installed in stacks and drive the car through the same quick-change differentials Gittin uses in his V8-powered Formula Drift Mustang, which allows him to modify the gearing as needed.
The setup allows the Mach-E 1400 to operate as a front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive car with a maximum output of 1,400 horsepower, while it’s wing and aerodynamic elements can generate up to 2,300 pounds of downforce at 160 mph. Vaughn hasn’t clocked it yet, but said it accelerates like a magnetic roller coaster.
“I’ll never forget the moment that I drove it the first time with full power, he said. “It scared me. Like it launched so hard that I hit the brakes and was like ‘is that OK?’”
“I just want people to be excited about our future, and I want people to be able to continue to be inspired to drive. It’s brought me so much joy in my life, and I want to be at the forefront of that continuing.”
Vaughn also revealed that the Mach-E is on the priority list at his RTR Vehicles, which currently builds custom, improved performance versions of the Ford Mustang, F-150 and Ranger, but that it might be a while before he has one ready for sale.