Ford has created a six-speed manual, fully electric Mustang, which looks good both on paper and in real life. The trouble is that the company isn’t planning on putting it into production, so you might never own one.
Yesterday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Ford and Webasto introduced the high-powered fully electric Mustang, which is supposedly a once-off creation and isn’t likely to ever reach the market. According to Ford, the car is just a trial run to evaluate the battery and temperature regulation systems that the companies are working on for the rising electric vehicle marketplace.
The Mustang is rocking a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual-power inverters run via the 800 volt Webasto battery. Just because it is electric, doesn’t mean it’s a weakling, as it produces 900 horsepower, securing its name as a legitimate muscle car. The custom carbon fiber body sections and the 20 inch wheels certainly don’t hurt the aesthetics of the vehicle. Most electric cars have one-speed gearboxes, which makes the six-speed manual transmission in the Mustang unusual but certainly welcomed nonetheless. The majority of electric vehicles also typically have 400 volt batteries. Although it’s not the first electric car to have an 800 volt battery system, this definitely puts the Mustang above the standard electric model.
Ford failed to disclose the range you’ll get out of the battery, but the company did reveal that the car has four different driving modes to regulate the amount of torque being put to use – Valet, Sport, Track, and Beast.
“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” stated Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, Hau Thai-Tang. “This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified power train can do for performance in a car they already know and love.”
Last year, Ford announced that up until 2022, it will be investing over $10 billion to introduce 16 fully electric cars to its worldwide portfolio of 40 electric vehicles, which includes next year’s Mustang influenced completely electric SUV with a 300 mile (482km) range.