The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is an all-electric one-off prototype with seven electric motors and it’s due to debut at a NASCAR race in the near future.
Developed in collaboration with RTR, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower (1,419 PS). Three electric motors are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear, 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 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.
Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 1,000 kg at 160 mph.
The 56.8 kWh battery 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 optimise the braking system. The 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.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400, which is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon, serves as a test bed for new materials. The bonnet is made of organic composite fibres, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fibre that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
The first all-electric Mustang Mach-E models for customers in Europe will arrive from early next year.