Purists may balk at the idea, but it has a manual transmission.
There's a tremendous amount of truth in the cliches: "Americans buy horsepower but drive torque" and "horsepower sells cars, but torque wins the race." Especially when it comes to muscle cars. And while its true that electric cars don't have the raw sound of a bellowing engine, they do offer instant torque and an immense amount of it. In the case of this Ford Mustang, dubbed Mustang Lithium, built as a collaboration between Ford and Webasto, it generates over 1000 lb-ft of instant torque. That's enough torque to pull an oak tree out of the ground as well as a smoke anything from the lights.
To create that power, the Mustang Lithium uses an 800-volt Webasto battery system and Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters.
Not only is the electrified Mustang capable of blitzing the quarter-mile with its insane and instant torque, but the Mustang Lithium also features a manual transmission. To handle the level of twist available, the electric motors are connected to a drag-strip proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission upgraded further with billet internals. From there, a Super 8.8 Torsen differential and Ford Performance half shafts deliver the power to Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires wrapped around lightweight Forgeline wheels.
Completing the build is Ford Performance's Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace and Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R. The aggressive appearance is exaggerated even more by Sankuer Composite Technologies side splitters and rear diffuser, plus a Webasto hood with polycarbonate windows.
"Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. "This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love."