It is good and good that the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Can create huge clouds of tire smoke when projected around Ford testing grounds. It’s not too hard to do. But there’s a better way to find out if all of this high torque witchcraft going on in that car means nothing at all. That way it’s escalation.
When it comes to determining how power delivery, chassis stiffness, downforce and grip interact, hill climbing is the ultimate test. There is a reason why the Pic de Pike is such a sacred ground for racing enthusiasts. If your car can do those twelve miles and 156 laps, it’s a respectable machine by anyone’s standards. And you know what kinds of cars tend to do better there? The ones that were designed to be as tough as possible. the savages.
the Audi Quattro S1. the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. An 850 horsepower Dacia Duster with a few slapped GT-R parts. Here are the kinds of machines that make minced meat from the vaunted Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. They are scandalous. They are sighted. They are pushed to the limits of their drivers’ nerves on this mountain road, trying to claw tenths of a second through the atmosphere, the tightest curves and the claws of gravity itself. And they can do it because they are amazing Machines.
But these days? It is electric energy that reigns on the hill. Acura teased everyone with a electric only NSX climb car at Pike’s Peak in 2016 and Volkswagent completely erased the record in the iD.R prototype two years later. Batteries can be heavy, but the kind of acceleration and grip offered by electric motors driving all four wheels is simply unmatched. I can only imagine the G’s pushing and pulling the body of pilot Romain Dumas as he pushed the iD.R up the mountain.
This car is cool, but it needs some company. My thinking is that this new Mach-e from Ford and their friends at RTR. is the car to finally join the iD.R in the clouds. He has Power. He has grip. It is not cluttered by the thin mountain air leaving the lean fuel mixture. It’s perfect for the job. Now all Ford has to do is find a driver. Maybe Ken Block is the man who does it.