Ford’s electric car engineers go crazy with 1,400hp Mustang Mach-E

Ford and RTR didn’t design the Mustang Mach-E 1400 just to turn tires into smoke, but that’s something this 1,400hp electric vehicle can do all too well. [credit:
Ford ]

Two weeks ago, a video hit YouTube showing a very loud, very fast electric vehicle testing somewhere in North Carolina. Debate raged about whether this was actual spy footage or guerrilla marketing from Ford’s PR department, since the EV bore a lot of resemblance to the forthcoming Mustang Mach-E. That doubt was cleared up on Tuesday, when the Blue Oval revealed the one-off EV in question. It’s called the Mustang Mach-E 1400, and it’s utterly bonkers.
Readers with good memories might remember that back in April, we got news of a 1,400 horsepower electric Ford Mustang built for the drag strip. The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and the Mustang Mach-E 1400 have similar names, and both run on electricity. But there, the similarities end. The earlier car was built for the drag strip, but the Mustang Mach-E 1400 doesn’t just want to go fast in a straight line, as the multitude of carbon fiber wings and dive planes make quite clear.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 was developed by Ford Performance and RTR, a customization shop owned by Vaughn Gittin Jr. that built Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang, among other machines. Gittin Jr. is a professional drifter, and the Mustang Mach-E 1400 can definitely drift, going sideways and turning its tires to smoke with the best of them. But if you want to chase lap records or quarter-mile times instead, it’ll do that, too—it just requires a few suspension tweaks like changing to shorter control arms that allow for less extreme steering angles.Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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