Following closely in the footsteps of the 1,400hp all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E has seven electric motors to power all four wheels.
Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400hp worth of performance.
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.
To keep it planted to the ground its been added with a front splitter, dive planes and a massive rear wing.
Out of the seven motors used, three have been attached to the front differential and four have been located on the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials.
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 completely different front end configurations like 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 and downforce has been targeted to reach more than 1,000kg when travelling at 257kph.
The 56.8kWh 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 dielectric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs.
An electronic brake booster is integrated to allow series regenerative braking combined with ABS and stability control to optimise the braking system.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 features Brembo brakes, just like the Mustang GT4 race car, 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 Mustang Mach-E 1400 is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon to serve as a testbed for new materials.
The hood is made of organic composite fibres, a lightweight alternative to carbon fibre that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
Ford is investing more than USD$11.5bil in electric vehicles worldwide, with the first global vehicle, Mustang Mach-E, currently available for order.