The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 pushes the performance of the brand's new EV to the absolute limit. It packs seven electric motors producing a total of 1,400 bhp (1,044 kilowatts) and a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery. The modified body is capable of making over 1,043 kilograms (2,300 pounds) at 160 miles per hour (258 kilometres per hour). This beast is a one-off but goes on display at upcoming NASCAR races.
The drivetrain has three motors powering the front wheels and four for turning the rear axle. A single driveshaft connects them to differentials. The system is tunable depending on whether the driver intends to go drifting or try to set quick laps on the track.
Gallery: Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400
For stopping, this hardcore EV features Brembo brake components and a hydraulic handbrake for easier drifting. An electronic brake booster system combines the functionality of regenerative braking, ABS, and stability control.
"Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be," said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder and professional racer, in the Mach-E 1400's announcement.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 comes from about 10,000 hours of collaboration between Ford Performance and RTR. It uses an actual Mach-E body-in-white as the starting point but with extensive modification. The adaptable drivetrain lets the team swap between front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive layouts. Depending on whether the crew wants to take the vehicle on the track or drift, there are different control arms and steering setups.
While a production-spec version of a 1,400-bhp Mach-E isn't happening, Ford says the vehicle is a testbed for new materials that might eventually find their way into showrooms. For example, the bonnet uses organic composite fibres, rather than carbon fibre.
The most powerful version of the Mach-E arriving in showrooms is the GT that offers 459 bhp (342 kW) and 612 lb-ft (830 Nm). It comes standard with all-wheel drive and the extended-range battery that offers an estimated 250-mile (402-kilometre) range. This variant arrives in 2021.
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype
All-Electric Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype by Ford Performance and RTR Takes Racing, Drifting to New Levels
Ford introduces the all-electric Mustang Mach-E 1400 – a one-of-a-kind prototype developed in collaboration with RTR Vehicles to demonstrate the performance possibilities of electric propulsion
Following on the heels of the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, Mustang Mach-E 1400 is projecting 1,400 peak horsepower and more than 2,300 lb. of downforce at 160 mph from its seven motors and ultra-high-performance battery
Making its first appearance at a NASCAR race soon, Mustang Mach-E 1400 is designed to challenge perceptions of what electric vehicles can do with performance tuning and advanced technology
DEARBORN, Mich., July 21, 2020 – Peak horsepower: 1,400 – and make it electric.
Mission accomplished: Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance. Watch here to see the all-electric prototype in action.
Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower. The chassis and powertrain work together for a multitude of setups offering capability unlike any other vehicle.
“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.”
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has taken shape without rules. The Ford design team and RTR used many of the same tools Ford uses for its race cars and production programs. Aerodynamics are optimized for shape and location, with a focus on cooling ducts, front splitter, dive planes and rear wing.
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has seven motors – five more than even Mustang Mach-E GT. 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, which have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.
“The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.”
The chassis and powertrain are set up to allow the team 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 completely different front end configurations like 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 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.
The 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery (installed) is made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high 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 optimize the braking system. Mustang Mach-E 1400 features Brembo™ brakes, like the Mustang GT4 race car, and a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting that integrates with the powertrain controls to enable the ability to shut off power to the rear motors.
Mustang Mach-E 1400, which is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon, serves as a test bed for new materials. The hood is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide, with the first global vehicle, Mustang Mach-E, available to order here now. The all-electric Mustang Mach-E starts hitting the streets in the U.S. at the end of this year.