There’s a new day dawning, and Ford is rising with the sun to unveil their new ultra-high-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype. With the automotive world moving to electrification, it’s about time that we saw a Mustang hit the market. Fortunately, this Mustang Lithium lives up to the legacy of speed and performance established by the brand.
“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates. This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrain can do for performance in a car they already know and love,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. So what can this battery electric Mustang do? The 800 volt Mustang Lithium starts out with 1,000 ft-lbs of torque and 900 horsepower courtesy of its Phi-Power dual-core electric motor with dual power inverters. Even more exciting, the Mustang Lithium channels that power into a manual transmission (a Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with billet internals). Electric cars don’t actually use transmissions, but given the amount of power in the Lithium, Webasto was brought in to engineer one. Plus, having a transmission in Lithium “puts control of the vehicle back in the driver’s hands,” says Josh Lupu, Director of Marketing for Webasto Customized Solutions. You can either leave the car in third gear or shift between gears. Additionally, you can select from one of our driving modes: Sport, Track, Beast, and Valet (for when you hand the car off to someone else). This new system allows for the whole car to be lighter and to produce less heat. Lithium represents an opportunity for Ford to test new heat management systems in electric cars, which tend to heat up when under hard use. This new technology could bode well for Ford’s other electric projects, such as their trucks and SUVs. “Very similar to Ford’s push for vehicle electrification,” said Mark Denny, Webasto Customized Solutions North America President and CEO, “this is an innovative way to further the technologies we’re developing to enable vehicle electrification while creating a vision of how cool the future of electric performance will be.”