Ford is showing what its new electric powertrain can do. Having shown the powertrain in drag racing form, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 is now ready to race and / or drift with its 1400-horsepower electric seven-motor setup and high downforce set.
The prototype aims to show that battery-powered vehicles can run with the fastest of their gas-hungry cousins. The Mach-E 1400’s horsepower is on par with the most powerful hypercars manufactured, the over $ 1 million Koenigsegg Regera hybrid and the 16-cylinder Bugatti Chiron, both of which produce a claimed 1,479 horsepower. – and well above Motor City’s most powerful competitor, the 840-horsepower Dodge Demon.
The Ford is a one-off prototype with no production plan.
Developed in conjunction with the hot rod store’s RTR vehicles, the Mach-E 1400 follows the heels of the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 – Ford’s first all-electric 1400-horsepower dragster launched earlier this year. But while the Cobra Jet is all about straight-line speed, the Mach-E 1400 is touted as a versatile athlete who can compete in drag strip, road racing, or drifting.
“The intention of this product is to show what the Mustang Mach E is capable of,” said Mark Rushbrook, head of Ford Performance, in an interview. “The Mach-E 1400 broadens the envelope of all aspects of the production car.”
Ford has of course made haloed supercars before – most recently the limited edition Ford GT supercar which won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans race version. But the Mach-E 1400 project is different.
“The Ford GT was a technical challenge to build a road car that could also win within the confines of an international race series,” said Rushbrook. “In the case of the Mach-E 1400, there are no rules. We were free to do whatever we wanted.
The result is a Frankenstein monster that more than doubles the power of the Ford GT to 647 horsepower and $ 500,000. The seven electric motors utter an unholy cry at full power. Without any regulatory restrictions, the Mach-E 1400 is sucked towards the earth by more downward force, said Rushbrook, than the Ford GT race car that dazzled Le Mans.
The prototype is built on the performance version of the $ 61,600 Mach-E GT (the standard Mach E will be sticker for $ 44,995 when it hits showrooms this fall). Then he was injected with steroids.
Pushing the limits of SUV performance, the all-wheel-drive Mach-E 1400 has four electric motors at the rear and three at the front – compared to the stock car at the front and rear . A massive rear spoiler that looms over the rear deck like the tail of a scorpion helps generate 2,300 pounds of downforce at 160 mph.
“This car shows that Ford is serious about making electric cars,” Rushbrook said. “We’re investing $ 11 billion in electric vehicles and we want to make them fun to drive.”
Although the prototype is not intended for any series of races, Rushbrook and his team intend to share it with the public. Unlike most hollowed-out racing cars, except for the driver’s seat, the Mach-E 1400 is fitted with four racing seats so three passengers can enjoy the fun in a full roll cage.
The Mach-E 1400’s battery weighs in at 56.8 kWh – which isn’t much different from performance electric vehicles like the Mach-E GT or the Tesla Model Y – and quite shy of the 100 kWh battery that powers the all-powerful Model S Performance from Tesla. The Ford team focused less on range than on raw performance, which is why they have seven electric motors – four more than the Cobra Jet 1400 dragster.
“The 1400 can run for about an hour and then be recharged in an hour,” Rushbrook said. “We want this to be a demonstration vehicle of what an electric vehicle can do. We want to put a smile on people’s faces. ”
Ford has collaborated with RTR and its reputation for making top-notch drift racing cars.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car completely changed my view of horsepower and torque,” said RTR founder and driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. “This experience is unlike anything you’ve ever imagined, like the exception perhaps of a magnetic roller coaster. ”
Look for the Mustang Mach-E 1400 that will make its NASCAR race debut later this year, ahead of production Mach E debuts in showrooms. NASCAR is making a good choice since the series will switch to hybrid-electric in a few years.
Electrification is a trend in racing that Ford intends to tap into by learning from hellions like the Mach-E 1400 project.
“This prototype cannot run in any current series,” said Rushbrook. “But we are engaged in the electric race. The only electric series currently is Formula E, but there are many more options to come in the near future.