Is that a jet taking off? Nope. It's Jim Farley mobbing in a Mach-E with seven motors.
In case you haven't seen Ford v Ferrari, there's an epic scene where Carroll Shelby shows Henry Ford II where all his millions went.
Ford rides shotgun with Shelby, who absolutely hammers the famous GT40 on an abandoned airfield. Ford, seemingly not used to such performance, breaks out in tears. It's only at the end of the scene that we found out the tears aren't due to fear but rather a mix of sadness and elation. You see, Ford was sad that his father never got to see the famous Ford badge pasted to the front of something as visceral as the GT40.
If you haven't seen it, you can have a quick gander at the scene below. No spoilers, we promise.
We only bring it up because it's somewhat reminiscent of another scene that played out on an abandoned airfield recently. This time involving the Mustang Mach-E.
As you might know, Ford built a 1,400 horsepower Mach-E in 2020. Why? According to Vaughn Gittin Jr, it's a purpose-built demonstrator for drifting, road racing, and putting smiles on faces.
That brings us neatly to the part that reminds us of the scene in the movie. Ford's CEO, Jim Farley, recently joined Gittin Jr. on an abandoned airfield for some fun. According to Gittin's Facebook post, he did the drifting while Farley did the gripping.
It seems Farley is a proper gearhead, or would that be volthead in this case? Whatever the case may be, he doesn't seem shy to use all seven electric motors and the full 1,400 hp. Ford Performance posted a video of the test, and Farley gives it the absolute beans down the straight. This particular Mach-E also sounds fantastic. Like a fighter jet taking off or a million murder hornets trapped in a barrel.
It's always refreshing to see CEOs swap a three-piece suit for a racing suit. If nothing else, it shows that Farley is aware that some cars should be fun and that the company is in great hands going forward.
More than anything, this gives us hope for the 2028 all-electric Mustang. If it goes and sounds like that; bring it on.