Ford reveals an electric Mustang Mach-E SUV with 1,400 horsepower
Jul 22 2020
A two-motor GT-badged version of the Mach-E is slated to pump up 346kW when released... but this one - known as the Mustang Mach-E 1400 - pumps in excess of 1000kW from SEVEN motors. Wow.
The Mach-E 1400 is a one-of-a-kind demonstration auto that was created to show the potential of all-electric vehicles and to help engineers research ways to increase their power, said Mark Rushbrook, head of Ford Performance Motorsports. "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, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and [Gittin's comapny] RTR".
A single driveshaft connects the motors to the differential to allow for adjustment, depending on the type of driving the auto will endure.
We won't have to wait long to see just what Ford has cooked up as the auto will be unveiled tomorrow.
"We came together on this project, contributing a lot of ideas from different sources and developed it into what it is", said Rushbrook. This actually creates massive scope for tweaking, so the vehicle can be changed for drifting or track racing. The vehicle can also switch between front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive.
The Mach-E 1400 has seven motors, with three of them attached to the front differential and four of them in a pancake stack in back, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials. "Getting behind the wheel of this vehicle has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be", Gittin Jr. said.
Despite the outward resemblance, few parts of the production version of the Mach-Eappear in this auto. The downside: the Mach-E 1400 is a one-of-a-kind prototype track auto. Most of the body is made from carbon fiber and the hood is made from organic composite fibers, a lower-cost alternative to carbon fiber.
In keeping with the latest trend in battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, design, all versions of the Mach-E will rely on a skateboard-like platform mounting batteries and motors below the load floor. The batteries are engineered specifically for rapid power output.
Power can be sent to the front or rear wheels, or blended, with the Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype. (It seats four people).