Recently there has been a lot of attention on the future of the automobile and what that means for those that have grown to love everything about them. The internal combustion engine has been at the heart of what has made the modern car what it is today but it has also been the target of government regulation since the 1960’s. This regulatory oversight, albeit better for the environment, has been a nail in the side of gas-powered innovation. One only needs to look at the power coming out of Detroit at the beginning of the muscle car era compared to the dwindling numbers being produced towards the end of the era to see it.
That is, of course if we are only talking horsepower and not clean horsepower, because it is undeniable that emissions were massively reduced in that time period and reducing emissions is also a big part of innovation as well.
Ford has been at the forefront of automotive innovation since the very beginning and recently set out to open a new chapter in the race for the most powerful and cleanest vehicle using one of the most iconic monikers in automotive history, the Ford Mustang. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E X is the first, bottom up all electric car from Ford. The goal was to create an EV that car people would actually want to drive instead of repeating the failed attempts of other manufacturers that had tried to replace the internal combustion engine.
The outcome was a Mustang with more torque than a Bullitt Mustang, the most interior space of any Mustang ever, and a nearly 300-mile per charge range. If that’s not enough for you, Ford also set out to demonstrate the future of the electric Mustang by produce a 1400-horsepower racing version. It is powered by seven oil and water cooled electric motors. Three driving the front and four in the rear. The car is highly tunable and can be used for nearly every motorsport.
Jim Farley, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, recently appeared on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage where he showcased the two cars. He also stated that a GT version of the Mustang Mach-E is in the works and will have over 600 lbs-ft of torque. Ford has clearly put a lot of effort towards ending the stereotype that EVs are all slow and will only take you so far.
Elizabeth is hardcore horsepower enthusiast with unmatched intensity for making things faster and louder. She wakes up for power and performance and only sleeps to charge up for the next project that’s heading to the track. From autocross to drag racing, Elizabeth is there with you, so stay tuned for her unique perspective on horsepower news, builds, tech info, and installs — with her, it’ll never be boring!