Ford Unveils ‘NASCAR’ Mustang Mach-E

Ford has unveiled another host for its 1,414bhp BEV powertrain but this time one aimed at the race track.

The Mustang Mach-E 1400 arrives hot on the heels of the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 hot-rod prototype and boasts seven electric motors and extra downforce for high-speed track use. It has been developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white.

Its motors are arranged with three are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials. This is hoped to enable a huge range of adjustment to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.

The chassis and powertrain are set up to allow technicians to investigate different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. Drift and track setups have different front end configurations such as control arms and steering changes to allow for extreme steering angles in drifting. Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 1,000kg (2,200lbs) at 160 mph.

Its 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery is made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for performance and high discharge rate. The battery system is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs. An electronic brake booster is integrated to allow series regenerative braking combined with ABS and stability control to enhance the braking system.

The car, which is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon, serves as a test bed for new materials. The hood is made of sustainable organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.

Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E, said: “Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our portfolio. 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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