The pan is still warm with the NEWS of Ford making an SUV of its “Mustang” nameplate and we are slowly settling on the fact that it is going silent too! But that didn’t stop Ford and RTR Vehicles to start innovating with the yet to be launched Ford Mustang Mach-E and create a Hoonigan of a machine in the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400. Ford has yet again managed to push the threshold of electric powertrains with this one-off project with RTR Vehicles.
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This comes bundled with all a lot of work under the hood, that Ford was able to grasp from the recently showcased all-electric dragster- the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. After 10,000 hours of work on a standard Mustang Mach-E, it gets a modified body from RTR Vehicles that is focused solely on aerodynamics with a stripped-down interior and 5 more motors! Unfortunately, Ford isn’t going to sell it as it's a one-off and the closest you can get to it is at NASCAR race-events across the states, with the first one happening pretty soon.
What is unique about the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a Prototype vehicle that has been developed in collaboration with RTR to showcase the extreme performance characteristics of its electric powertrain. The “1400” stands for its power output which Ford has been able to achieve with the help of a total of 7 electric motors. In these, three motors powering the front axle and the remaining four powers the rear axle.
All these motors are connected to a single driveshaft which can be adapted to send power to the wheels in three formats- AWD, FWD and RWD. This will allow the Mach-E 1400 to be a drift car, a drag car, or even be a sane road car at will. The exterior design language is also engineered for extensive downforce advantage with strategically positioned body panels. The interior gets stripped down completely for an unadulterated driving experience.
What are the mind-boggling performance figures of the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is powered by a 56.8 kWh battery pack that is made of nickel manganese cobalt punch cells. Ford has gone for this chemical composition to cater for rapid discharge rate and extreme performance. This battery pack is coupled to a total of 7 electric motors; 3 at the front axle and 4 at the rear axle bundles together like stacks of pancakes.
The whole setup is capable of producing an insane 1400 hp and a mind-boggling 2,300 lb. ft. of downforce at speeds of 160 MPH. A single driveshaft connects both the battery packs to the differentials which provide the flexibility of changing the drivetrain setup at will. It can be an FWD, RWD, 50:50 AWD and adaptive AWD which helps greatly in different track scenarios.
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400
56.8 kWh battery pack coupled to 7 electric motors
Adaptive AWD with Active Torque Distribution
The battery pack is cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant which helps decrease the cool-off time needed between stressful runs and also keeps the temperature under control during rapid charging. Ford has equipped this rad machine with Brembo brakes straight from its Mustang GT4 race car.
It is integrated with an electronic brake booster to allow for regenerative braking. It also gets a standalone hydraulic handbrake system catered specifically for drifting. It seamlessly works even with the electric powertrain and cuts of power to the rear motors alone. The suspension layout is modular at the front to change the steering ration and control arms for the perfect drift angle or high-speed corners.
What are the Race-Spec modifications done to the Mach-E 1400’s interior?
Ford has completely stripped out the cabin of all things that adds unnecessary weight. A custom-built roll cage is welded into the monocoque chassis for battery rigidity and added protection. All 4 of its comfortable seats have been swapped for hard-core race-spec RECARO buckets that will help you hold onto your dear life!
It's interesting to see FIA certified race seats in the second row as it is not a common sight. It also gives up hope that Ford would hold track events where they might allow people to ride shotgun in this 1400 HP electric monster. Another surprising bit is that Ford didn’t strip off the 15.5-inch portrait infotainment screen from this race car and it still has all its functionalities.
Interior Features of the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400
- Integrated roll cage
- FIA certified RECARO race-spec seats in both rows
- 15.5-inch touchscreen portrait infotainment screen
- Race-oriented instrument cluster
- Modified hydraulic handbrake lever
- Race derived RTR powertrain management unit in the center console
- Carbon fiber dashboard
What are the exterior modifications done on the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400?
This is where the expertise of RTR Vehicles comes into play. They stripped down the vehicle completely and started working from the bare. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 gets a specially designed widebody kit. The front and rear bumpers get an aggressive bottom and side-splitter kit which are angles solely for added downforce.
Cooling ducts across the body play an important role in keeping the temperature of mechanical components in check along with providing for added aerodynamic advantage. The rear gets larger than life spoiler that can be manually adjusted. Most of the added body panels are made of carbon fiber except for the hood which is made up of organic composite fibers.
Exterior features of the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400
- RTR-developed wide-body kit
- Front and rear custom bumper with under and side splitters
- Cooling ducts integrated into the front and rear fenders
- Rear carbon fiber spoiler
- Vented Hood made of organic composite fibers
- Forged alloy wheels
When and where will the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 be showcased?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is slated to make its first appearance at a NASCAR race event soon. Apart from taking part in NASCAR races, Ford might also put up the 1400 hp Mustang for showcase where you can get up close to this insane build.
The main purpose of this hyper-electric build by Ford is to showcase the extreme potential of electric powertrains and how vibrant things can get with performance tuning and usage of advanced technologies. Ford is using this project as a testbed for various technologies and features that would trickle down to road-going cars in the future.
Ford Mustang Mach-E FAQs
Is the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 up for sale?
No, the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a prototype vehicle that has been co-developed with RTR Vehicles to showcase the possibilities of electric powertrains.
Is the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 RWD?
Ford Mustang Mach-E uses an adaptive AWD system which helps it change the drivetrain setup at will. It can be a drift machine with a complete RWD layout, a Gymkhana car with 50:50 AWD layout and even an FWD layout for shorter and swifter cornering.
When will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E launch?
The road-going Ford Mustang Mach-E is slated to launch by the end of 2020 and will be priced from $43,895.
How much power does the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 produce?
As the name suggests, the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 produces a whopping 1400 hp from a total of 7 electric motors coupled to a 56.8 kWh battery pack.
How many electric motors does the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E have?
The standard Ford Mustang Mach-E is equipped with one electric motor for the rear axle in case of the RWD trims and two motors for the AWD trims, one for each axle. The battery pack capacity will range from 75.7- 98.8 kWh.