Ken Block appeared within the launch video for the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, the 1,400-horsepower electrical crossover constructed by tuner RTR Autos. It seems he additionally bought to drive it, as seen in a video posted to Block’s YouTube channel Thursday.
On a visit to Ford’s Arizona proving grounds, Block traded his 1965 Mustang “Hoonicorn” (which RTR additionally helped construct) for this very completely different form of horse.
The Mach-E 1400 is a one-off prototype constructed to point out off the efficiency potential of electrical powertrains, and to show some new concepts. The hood, for instance, is produced from natural composite fibers that Ford believes could possibly be a substitute for carbon fiber.
The Mach-E 1400 is powered by seven electrical motors—three in entrance, 4 in again. Differentials range how a lot torque goes to every wheel, and could be arrange for various kinds of driving, akin to drifting or racing. The car can even change between front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive.
The numerous motors are powered by a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack with nickel manganese cobalt cells that Ford says ship a better discharge fee. The pack is mounted low within the chassis inside the wheelbase to maintain the middle of gravity as little as potential. Whereas the car is heavy, that low middle of gravity nonetheless makes it pretty agile, RTR’s Vaugh Gittin Jr. advised Block within the video.
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400
Different upgrades embody Brembo brakes from the Mustang GT4 race automotive, a hydraulic handbrake for drifting, and an aerodynamics package deal that Ford says will generate greater than 2,300 kilos of downforce at 160 mph.
The inside was stripped to make room for a roll cage, whereas clear shielding shows the high-voltage cables and electronics. The SUV’s huge central touchscreen was saved, nevertheless.
Manufacturing variations of the single- or dual-motor Mach-E electrical crossover are scheduled to start out transport later this 12 months, with a base value of $44,995 together with vacation spot.
Block’s subsequent undertaking is a Fox-body Mustang dubbed “Hoonifox.” He hasn’t chosen a powertrain, however is rumored to be contemplating an all-electric setup from the Mach-E.