With its Mustang Mach-E 1400, Ford is putting an electric sports car on wheels with the potential for gymkhana.
It smokes, it screeches and it hums even in the high frequencies. When drifting legend Vaughn Gittin Jr. sets off on the track in the new Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, the rubber turns smoke and the electricity turns into emotion. Because, on the asphalt, the electric racing car launched by the American manufacturer is comparable to a giant sander, with its 1,419 hp.
Ford calls its latest creation “Road Rocket”, although it is doubtful that this high-voltage car could ever be driven on the road. It is more likely that the American manufacturer will soon take part in its Mach-E 1400 in a NASCAR race: “Now is the perfect time for 100% electric racing vehicles to come into action,” says Ron Heiser, engineer in chief of the Mustang Mach-E. “In a competitive situation, we have the opportunity to acquire knowledge which will subsequently be incorporated into our production vehicles. Not only does this 100% electric prototype provide pleasure like all the Mustangs that came before it, but thanks to the technological expertise of Ford Performance and RTR, it brings an additional dose of power on the asphalt, ”emphasizes -he.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is based on the production version four-wheel drive Mach-E GT and required nearly 10,000 hours of work on the part of Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, the company of Vaughn “JR” Gittin. The four-wheeled monster is powered by no less than seven electric motors – three in the front and four in the rear. A driveshaft connects them to the differentials, which have a wide range of settings to adapt the vehicle to different riding modes, from high-speed racing to drifting competitions. Power can be distributed to the front or rear wheels as required. Energy is supplied by a battery pack with a capacity of 56.8 kWh.
“The major challenge was to harness the extreme power of the seven engines,” says Mark Rushbrook, Motorsport Director at Ford Performance. He describes the Mustang Mach-E 1400 as a technological flagship project, intended to serve as a showcase to highlight “the often massively underestimated performance of electric vehicles.” The chassis and power unit are designed to allow the team to study different configurations and their impact on power consumption and performance, including front and rear drives, as well as four-wheel drive.
And what does drifting legend Vaughn “JR” Gittin say about the product he made his personal contribution to? “Getting behind the wheel of this car left a lasting mark on my vision of performance and torque. Driving a Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a whole new experience, comparable to my first roller coaster ride as a kid, ”he says.