Electric vehicles are still a misunderstood breed of vehicles by consumers, partially due to their inaccessibility to most from a price perspective, at least in South Africa. EV’s are lauded for their efficiency, zero emissions and low running costs. One manufacturer has decided to showcased the not so modest side of EV’s – their lively performance!
For the uninitiated in the area of these nearly silent vehicles, one of their biggest appealsaside from their low environmental impact is the instant torque they deliver. An electricity characteristic. The flicking of a switch and seeing a bulb instantly come to life is a typicalexample of electrical energy’s instantaneous properties.
American brand, Ford has simply capitalised on this piece of physics anddeveloped an all-electric Mustang. The words electric and Mustang are unconventional in one sentence, especially considering the pony car’s bloodline of high capacity engines in since its inception. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a prototype vehicle whose sole purpose is to demonstrate the magic of electricity meeting performance.
A collaboration between Ford and RTR has resulted in a Mustang having its eight cylinders replaced by seven motors. Three take duty in the front of the vehicle, serving the front differential with live current while the remaining four are responsible for a surge to the rear wheels. The rear set has been arranged to allow for the one of a kind Mustang to be adapted for sideways tyre shredding on a drift circuit, or for more focused driving on the race track. Developing a dual-purpose performance electric vehicle isn’t without its without obstacles, “the challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance.
Electric power is supplied to the Mach-E’s seven motors by a 56.8 kWh battery, and the results are truly staggering performance figures. The all-electric Mustang is a produces over 1000 kW in its peak form. Its torque figure and top speed are yet to be made public, although we expect nothing less than 1000 Nm and a maximum speed above 250 km/h from the electric prototype. At 257 km/h the vehicle will produce over 1000 kg of stabilising downforce.
10 000 hours of engineering have gone into developing this one of a kind Ford Mustang prototype vehicle,which is set to make its debut at a Nascar race soon says Ford. With the way the automotive landscape is shaping up, fans of the internal combustion engine, especially the big displacement kind, may need to reconsider their fossil burning passions. The electric vehicle revolution is well underway.
By Gugu Masuku