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Ford shows off 900hp electric Mustang

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:24pm

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any madder than a Shelby-tuned supercharged Mustang with more than 700hp, here comes another tuned ‘Stang with more than 900 ponies under the (forgive us) hood. The difference is, this one is electric.

Ford has brought along this, the Mustang Lithium, to the SEMA show (Special Equipment and Modifiers’ Association — think of it as the Ideal Homes Show for car tuners) in Las Vegas. Built in collaboration with vehicle parts supplier Webasto, it’s an electric car boasting some remarkable, nay alarming, figures.

First off, Webasto and Ford have binned the traditional 5.0 litre V8 engine under from the Mustang’s bonnet, and instead installed an electric motor.

Not just any electric motor. This one is packing more than 900hp and a simply astonishing 1,335Nm of torque. That’s possible thanks to it running an 800 volt electric system, around twice the voltage of the best current electric cars. That, says Ford, means that the motor can be smaller and more powerful, and yet run cooler, than any rival system.

All of that power and torque is transmitted to the tarmac through special half-shafts, 20 inch wheels, and sticky Michelin Pilot 4S tyres. Oh, and a manual gearbox. Yep, this electric car is a stick shift, with a specially-strengthened six-speed manual that’s been developed using expertise built up in drag racing. Yup, it’s that fast.

Ford hasn’t issued any performance figures for the car, but has said that it can pump out your actual megawatt of power, so it’s not going to be slow. There are no one-charge range figures for it either, but then it does tend to shorten your range if you sit there burning up tyres all afternoon…

Sadly, Ford isn’t going to put an electric Mustang into production (or at least not this one). The Lithium will instead be used as a mobile test-bed for Ford’s electric car tech.

The Blue Oval is gearing up for a massive electric assault in the coming years, starting with next week’s reveal of its long-gestating Project Edison - an all-electric SUV, with styling cues from the Mustang, and one-charge range of more than 500km. It’s also planning an electric version of its massive-selling F-150 pickup, and has partnered with Volkswagen to develop a range of electric cars for Europe using VW’s MEB electric car platform.

“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief of Product Development.

“This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love.”

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