In the old adage, “win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” Ford Performance has created a three-seater demonstration Mustang Mach-E to help sell its road-legal version. In collaboration with RTR, the one-of-a-kind Mustang Mach-E 1400 showcases that EV’s are anything but boring.
Tricked out with a massive rear-wing, aerodynamic body-kit, and seven electric motors, the Mustang Mach-E 1400 was built for any track Ford Performance can throw at it. It has 1,400 horsepower and a top speed of around 160 miles per hour, and can presumably reach that unbridled speed very quickly, though 0-60 or quarter-mile times were not been released
The seven motors are powered by a relatively small 56.8kWh battery pack (about 75% capacity of the “standard range” production Mach-E) comprised of nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) pouch cells. Ford says the change from the production Mustang Mach-E’s lithium-ion cells allows for “ultra-high performance and high discharge rate,” and that the pack is designed to be liquid-cooled while charging to quickly fill back up.
56.8kWh is not a lot of battery capacity, especially when powering seven motors, but since this is just a demonstration car, Mark Rushbrook, the global director of Ford Performance, says the goal was to create something that could make multiple runs across the span of, say, an hour before needing to be recharged, all while showing the “extreme potential” of Ford’s EV technology.
The flexibility of having multiple motors driving both sets of wheels (four in the rear and three in the front), means the Mustang Mach-E 1400 can put power down in lots of different ways. It can run in all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or front-wheel drive modes, and be easily tweaked for drag racing, traditional track driving, or drifting. Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.
To show off the Mustang Mach-E’s tire-melting abilities, Ford released a video of it hooning around alongside some of the most recognizable performance Mustang variants like the company’s NASCAR car, Ken Block’s Hoonicorn, and one of Gittin Jr.’s own custom Mustangs.
While we may never see a Mustang Mach-E 1400 on the showroom floor, it serves a greater purpose as an engineering testbed with lessons-learned going right back into the Mustang Mach-E production vehicle. It also serves as an example and halo vehicle that electrified Mustangs can go stupid fast—even if it’s an SUV fit for the school run.