Electric vehicles are generally known for their quietness but certain cars have also made a name for themselves courtesy of their impressive specs sheets, like the Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air.
But for someone who’s looking for a bit more drama in an EV, there’s little to no choice, at least when it comes to production vehicles. That’s not to say though that EVs wouldn’t be capable of putting on a show if the engineers working on them would come up with a solution to this problem.
And it seems that the people over at Ford have had this exact issue on their minds because the Blue Oval company has recently filed for a patent that describes a system that would enable fast and easy burnouts on both the front and rear wheels of an EV.
Spotted by CarBuzz, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) application refers to an electronic controller that can apply the brakes on the front wheels and send power to the rear wheels, and vice versa, to heat the tyres for performance use.
Additionally, the patent abstract says that “a sequential maneuver that spins tires of the first axle followed by tires of the second axle may be performed by specified manipulation of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal.”
In other words, the driver could modulate the burnout between the front and rear wheels, potentially getting to a point where all four wheels are smoking. Also, there’s a fun little mention in there that says the system can “provide a visual display of power.”
Of course, an EV that would be capable of such a thing would have to have at least two electric motors, one on each axle, and luckily the Ford Mustang Mach-E has just the right equipment, with its eAWD system. However, don’t get your hopes up, as a patent filing doesn’t mean the tech described in it will make it into a production vehicle, at least not very soon.
Source: USPTO via CarBuzz