Ford Mustang 'Lithium' EV Prototype shows future of Ford
Ford at SEMA showcased this - the Mustang Lithium. Yes, it an EV Mustang, unlike the Mustang inspired SUV that is coming out on 17th. It sounds so wrong to make a EV pony car but, looking at it feels so right, It has never happened to me before.
This is a big statement to show Fords commitment to electrification. However, this car is twice the power and god knows how much more the torque compared to the ICE Mustang. Teaming up with Webasto for this, they deliver on 900 hp and 1000 lb-ft of torque all from a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor with dual power inverters. They put this where the engine usually goes.
The battery system is an 800 Volt and has the capacity to discharge a megawatt of power, i.e. double of what capacity of what regular EVs provide. Ford claim this system is lighter, more powerful, generates less heat and has more electric force than most electric batteries on the market. That being said ford hasn't mentioned the weight of this compared to the regular V8 or EcoBoost. But, with the power this generates who cares.
I am very exited about this part, the Mustang Lithium features a 6 speed manual transmission. Yes, it possible for EVs to have a manual transmission. This is to channel the 1000 lb-ft of torque. It uses a drag strip proven Calimer version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission. A Super 8.8 Torsen differential supplies all the power to the 20" lightweight forgeline wheels which are draped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
This car does include the Ford Performance track handling pack, Brembo Brakes and carbon fibre body components. It is also lowered an inch to make it look menacing and more aggressive. The bonnet (hood) is a Webasto hood with see-through polycarbonate window - it is fancy, thats about it, the electric stripes is a nice touch.
On the inside it is stock Mustang interior with Recaro Seats and light blue (looks like electric blue) accents all over the place. Oh! forgot to add - the genius way of hiding the charging point under the fuel cap, I always like that touch, makes it feel more normal car rather than EV.
I have never been so excited about an EV in my life. The Mustang is my favourite car of all time and now there is an electric version of the car. There is one bit I don't understand, if they can create this using what tech is present, why the hell are they not bringing this into production. Rather than bringing a cool car like this EV, they are bringing an electric SUV inspired Mustang (I cannot believe I referred to an EV as Cool). What is wrong with the people at Ford? they are bringing a weird car to production rather than a cool one. For now, I wish this comes into production. To add to this if the future of the Mustang is electric with bonkers power with a manual transmission I am happy with it, it is weird but I am.