Seven electric motors and a high-performance battery pack provide the Mustang Mach-E 1400 performance to burn.
Ford’s decision to introduce a battery electric crossover SUV wearing a “Mustang” badge stirred more than a little controversy and push back from traditionalists. The company aims to calm their concerns by underscoring the performance potential of such vehicles with an incredible new 1,400-horsepower, 160 mph, seven-motor, all-wheel drive prototype it dubs the Mustang Mach-E 1400.
Ford leaned on pro drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles fabrication shop to turn a bare Mach-E body-in-white into the fearsome, tire-smoking Mach-E 1400.
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In contrast to the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, which is a drag race-specific machine, the Mach-E 1400 features the suspension and aerodynamic revisions necessary for solid performance on road racing tracks and circuitous gymkhana courses in addition to straight line drag strips.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup,” said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E. “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 RTR.”
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Author Malcolm Gladwell asserts in his book, “Outliers,” that people achieve extraordinary skills after 10,000 hours of practice, so we should have high expectations for the Mustang Mach-E 1400. Ford says that Ford Performance engineers and RTR’s craftsmen pour 10,000 hours of sweat into creating this electric beast.
Gittin says he’s a believer in electric power now. “Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Gittin. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”