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The Mustang Mach-E 1400

Ben Parker

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Let me just say we need more of this. This is the way we get people excited about electric cars. A 1,400 horsepower Mustang that’s powered by electricity. This is the future of American muscle. This car follows the Ford the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, and is a prime example of what is possible with electric power.

From the ford website:

“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.”

In the video (below) you can hear the whine of pure electricity. Some of Ford’s most popular drivers harness up behind a variety of high-performance vehicles including Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the Mach-E 1400. He presses the button on his screen to turn the car to racing mode which they call “Unbridled Mode” and rockets off the line. The car seems really powerful, probably too powerful for its own good.

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A few things that this car does for me though is shows the diversity of applications for electric power. Although Formula E is becoming more popular internationally, electric racing has not caught on in America. Even electric performance vehicles; thanks to our American automotive forefathers at Ford we’re now entering a new fully electric era. 

The Mach-E 1400 was designed with the same principles as Ford’s racing production program. It has optimized aero with a focus on cooling ducts, a front splitter, dive planes and rear wing. The Mach-E has a whopping seven motors which is five more than the Mach-E GT. There are three up front attached to the front differential and four in the back stacked on top of each other with one driveshaft putting power to the differential.

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The car can also be switched through a myriad of driving settings, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. The team can put the power wherever they want depending on the needs of the test or experiment. They’ve achieved a target downforce of more than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph. 

Another interesting piece of the Mach-E 1400 is the electronic brake booster. It allows series regenerative braking and ABS with stability control. It’s got Brembo brakes and a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting. 

The interior looks like something out of a video game for sure. I’m wondering if drivers really would benefit from what looks like a 20” Tesla style digital console. It does look pretty cool, but when you’re whizzing around a track making figure 8’s how much do you need to have the massive screen there gleaning at you? I wonder.

What of this will you get from just the standard Mach-E?

Well if you order the GT you’ll get a 88 kWh battery with a range of 250 miles, and a target 0-60 speed of under 4 seconds. A lot about the actual power of the GT hasn’t been released and we’re still waiting to see what the horsepower it will make is, but we can bet (now after we’ve seen the Mach-E 1400) that it will be fast. 

You’ll still get that fancy digital dashboard, with a digital console next to it. And a much more comfortable interior than the 1400. 

The price of the GT also isn’t that crazy, at somewhere around $60,500 you could have a lot of fun and also take your kids to soccer practice. 

But there’s another option, for $60,500 you could take an old mustang and electrify it to make a super performance electric fun car. So definitely something to consider.

In the past when Ford has created performance versions of their cars, shortly after you see a lot of people try and replicate it themselves. In this case, some people have beat Ford to the punch. The European performance company STARD made a rally electric Ford Fiesta, theirs makes a measly 614hp which is only measly compared to the 1400hp Mach-E. But regardless it means that other people can make performance electric cars. 

EVWest for a while has been making performance electric cars, and they even set a record with their BMW M3 that ran Pike’s peak. Their first run was nearly a decade ago. 

So what do you want? A Mach-E standard? Or are you willing to fork up that same amount of money for something to compete with the 1400. I think you could make something pretty interesting with $60,000. 

If you want to learn more about electric vehicle conversions check out this article I wrote.