To assist persuade automobile fanatics that electrical automobiles might be enjoyable to drive, and to hype curiosity in addition to within the electrical Mustang Mach-E, Ford and Vaughn Gittin Jr. of RTR Autos have unveiled the one-off Mach-E 1400 prototype. The automobile takes its title from the 1,400 horsepower obtainable from its seven electrical motors and “ultra-high-performance” battery.
At 160 mph, Ford says the automobile’s aerodynamics will produce greater than 2,300 kilos of downforce.
The automobile, “designed,” stated Ford, “to problem perceptions of what electrical automobiles can do with efficiency tuning and superior know-how,” will make its official debut at an upcoming NASCAR race.
“Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric street rocket that reveals simply how a lot efficiency might be harnessed with out utilizing a drop of gasoline,” the automaker stated in its information launch.
Mixed with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, which additionally affords 1,400 electrified horsepower, “this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electrical motors and excessive downforce is prepared for the monitor, drag strip or gymkhana course – anyplace it could actually present how electrical propulsion guarantees excessive Mustang efficiency.”
Ford stated the Mach-E 1400 was developed in collaboration with RTR and constructed off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white.
“The chassis and powertrain work collectively for a mess of setups providing functionality not like some other automobile,” Ford added.
“Now’s the right time to leverage electrical know-how, be taught from it, and apply it to our lineup,” stated Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E. “Mustang Mach-E goes to be enjoyable to drive, identical to each different Mustang earlier than it, however Mustang Mach-E 1400 is totally insane, due to the efforts of Ford Efficiency and RTR.”
“Getting behind the wheel of this automobile has utterly modified my perspective on what energy and torque might be,” Ford quotes Gittin Jr., RTR Autos founder. “This expertise is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, apart from possibly a magnetic curler coaster.”
The automobile has seven motors, 5 greater than Mustang Mach-E GT. Ford provides that the Mach-E will probably be obtainable across the finish of this yr.
“Three are hooked up to the entrance differential and 4 to the rear in pancake fashion, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials, which have an enormous vary of adjustability to set the automobile up for every part from drifting to high-speed monitor racing,” Ford stated.
“The problem was controlling the acute ranges of energy offered by the seven motors,” stated Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Efficiency. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the artwork of the doable with an electrical automobile.”
“The chassis and powertrain are arrange to permit the group to analyze totally different layouts and their results on power consumption and efficiency, together with rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive,” Ford stated.
“Drift and monitor setups have utterly totally different entrance finish configurations like management arms and steering modifications to permit for excessive steering angles in drifting. Energy supply might be break up evenly between entrance and rear, or utterly to 1 or the opposite. Downforce is focused at greater than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.”
The 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery has nickel manganese cobalt “pouch” cells.
The automobile additionally has an digital brake booster built-in to permit sequence regenerative braking mixed with ABS and stability management to optimize the braking system. There’s additionally a hydraulic handbrake system for drifting.
Ford additionally revealed that the automobile is a check mattress for supplies such because the natural composite fibers, a substitute for carbon fiber, used within the automobile’s hood.