“He’s a versatile athlete,” Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsport Director, told CNBC. He called the vehicle a “learning platform” for the company to use in certain aspects of its future all-electric vehicles.
Ford will invest more than $ 11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide, including the Mustang Mach-E, through 2022.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 used the body of the production vehicle, but its components are quite different from those of consumers. Engineers optimized the crossover’s aerodynamics, chassis, and other systems to increase performance.
The crossover includes seven electric motors – five more than the Mustang Mach-E that will sell later this year – that power the vehicle. The hood is also made from organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to carbon fiber that includes the rest of the vehicle.
Ford declined to disclose top speed, top horsepower, and other driver performance attributes. The Mustang Mach-E GT for consumers is expected to hit 0 to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds with an estimated output of 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, according to the company.
Car manufacturers regularly use racing prototypes to test and develop performance technologies. As Ford begins to offer additional all-electric vehicles, Rushbrook said this strategy should continue.
With racing, Ford wants to “push the boundaries, learn, innovate and bring them back to the cars and consumer products that we sell to customers,” he said. “It’s part of that too. ”
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is expected to make its NASCAR “race” debut soon. It includes three passenger seats so that the company can provide the public with travel to events.
The crossover was developed with RTR, a performance vehicle company.