Ford's bonkers prototype showcases the extreme performance potential of an EV.
Yesterday, Ford teased what looked like a manic performance version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E doing a rare four-wheel burnout. We knew that this was a collaboration between Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, but we didn't know any of the details about what lurked beneath its extreme bodywork. Well, now we do. What you see here is the all-electric Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype, which Ford says was developed as a showpiece for the performance possibilities using only electric power.
With a projected output of 1,400 horsepower from a grand total of seven - yes, seven - electric motors, it means business.
The 1400 follows the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 unveiled earlier this year, but this new creation looks even wilder. Its construction introduces new materials like organic composite fibers for the hood, which also lowers the weight.
"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," said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer for the Mach-E.
It's an apt description for a car with three front and four rear electric motors attached to the rear differential in pancake style. Power delivery can either be split evenly front to back or go to one axle entirely.
Extensive aerodynamic optimization has resulted in a targeted downforce figure of 2,300 pounds at 160 mph. Adjustability was a focal point as engineers wanted the car to be able to tackle drifting or high-speed track racing with equal efficacy.
"Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be," enthused RTR Vehicles founder, Vaughn Gittin Jr. "This experience is like nothing you've ever imagined."
With FWD, AWD, and RWD ability, engineers are able to closely assess energy consumption and performance in each mode. No specific acceleration claims were made, but can you imagine how quick it must be?
A 56.8 kWh battery can be uniquely cooled with a di-electric coolant which reduces the time between runs. Set to debut at a NASCAR race in the near future, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype should quell the fears of V8 fans who think electric cars won't be as fun to drive.
"Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup," said Heiser. If a performance version of the Mach-E is developed and is anything like this prototype, consider us won over.