Ford crashed a hot rod party with a 1,500-hp electric Mustang
Over 1,500 electric horses in a drag race. Imagine that
Ford made a bold call and decided to crash the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) meeting in Indianapolis with an all-electric Mustang prototype. It's called Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and, quote unquote, it "has blazed through a quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 mph". Which is impressive. Ah yeah, it also produces 1,502 hp at peak.
With the Cobra Jet, Ford is essentially doing what they'd already done with the equivalent Mustang Mach-E 1400 and that's to showcase their ability to build high-performance electric vehicles. The car was the Performance division of Ford in partnership with Cascadia Motion, an Oregon-based battery manufacturer, and they've fitted the Cobra Jet with four electric motors, each with a maximum output of 350 kW, running at 800 volts.
Mark Rushbrook, director of Ford Performance Motorsports, said that this is supposed to be a lot more than a one-time idea and Ford is "very interested in continuing to work with NHRA to determine how electrification can be part of the sport".
As ever, there are two sides to this. There's our own personal perception with individual opinions, some people don't mind electric cars while some do, and then there's the practical and objective element which is more important than subjective opinions. The industry is going in this directions and there's nothing we can do about it. And a 1,500 hp Mustang sounds nice, doesn't it?