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Ford is clearly focused not only on producing an electric car that is designed for quiet commuting and hands-free calling, but also creates excitement alongside the electricity. Enter the all-electric Mustang Mach-E 1
Add five motors and a 56.8-kilowatt-hour nickel-manganese-cobalt ultra-high-performance battery to a Mustang Mach-E GT body in white, and you get the following:
- 1,400 peak performance,
- 2300 pounds downforce at 150 mph,
- A game changer for an upcoming NASCAR race.
“Now is the perfect time to use electrical engineering, learn from it, and apply it to our range,” said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer at Mustang Mach-E. “The Mustang Mach-E will be fun, just like any other Mustang before, but the Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely crazy thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR.”
From the racing toolbox
With many of the same tools that Ford uses for its racing cars and production programs, aerodynamics are optimized in shape and location, with an emphasis on cooling channels, front splitter, submersible aircraft and rear wing.
The additional motors are split between the front and rear drive axles, with the added advantage that they can be adapted to different types of performance, from drifting to high-speed track racing. The power output can be distributed evenly between front and back or completely between one or the other.
The battery has pouch cells that deliver performance and a high discharge rate. A dielectric coolant is used to cool things during charging to speed up recovery time. An electronic brake booster enables serial regenerative braking in combination with ABS and stability control to optimize the braking system. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 has Brembo brakes like the Mustang GT4 racing car and a hydraulic handbrake system for drifting, which is integrated into the powertrain control to cut off the power supply to the rear engines.
The bonnet is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that makes up the rest of the vehicle.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 follows the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 with 1,400 hp, the company’s first example of electrical power. Observe Here to see the all-electric prototype in action.
Mustang Mach-E specifications completed
Last month, Ford also opened its order banks as it confirmed specifications for the 2021 production model, which will begin shipping later this year.
The extended range Mach-E all-wheel drive will deliver 346 horsepower and 428 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque, exceeding previous estimates by more than 10 horsepower. It is designed to produce runs in the middle of five seconds between 0 and 60 mph.
The model with rear-wheel drive and extended range develops 290 hp and 317 lb.-ft. of the torque. The all-wheel model of the standard series will produce 266 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of the torque. The standard rear-wheel drive model also produces 266 hp, but 317 lb.-ft. of the torque.
That’s not 1400 horsepower, but you shouldn’t be in anyone’s dust.
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