The Ford Mustang Mach-E is getting a Shelby variant
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has polarised enthusiasts and journalists alike from all over the world since its unveiling on 18th November. People seem to be divided over everything from the way it looks to the way it could drive to whether it's actually 'correct' to have an electric member of the Mustang family at all.
But if you thought the Mach-E wasn't polarising enough already, I don't think we've even see the half of it yet. There's been another crazy development in the Mach-E story and its one that could cause a radical shift in the gears of Ford's EV development.
Whilst it's already known that there will be a GT version of the Mach-E, it looks like Ford will be taking the Mach-E's performance a step further than that. It's being reported now that there are plans in the works for the Mach-E to be sent off to get the Shelby treatment.
Yes, you read that right. It looks like we could be getting a Shelby Mustang Mach-E. This is likely to be Shelby's first dalliance with a vehicle with an electric drivetrain and as a result, things are going to be very different than usual.
Reportedly, Shelby will be focusing a lot less on power with the Shelbified Mach-E and more on creating a performance EV that can get thrashed around a track all day, every day, without having serious powertrain failures. In the words of Ed Krenz, Ford Performance's Chief Programme Engineer, "it needs to be able to go all day on a track day - you can't do 20 minutes and then have to charge it all night."
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Of course, one of the biggest talking points regarding EVs is range. We don't know yet whether Shelby's aim of creating an electric track day monster that can fly round a racetrack all day without conking out is going to mean that they're going to try to figure out a way to increase the Mach-E's range.
The 98.8 kWh battery of the extended range Mach-E is good for about 300 miles theoretically, very good indeed for an electric car at this time, but whether that 300 miles will stay intact or even be improved upon once the Shelbification is complete is another story.
I guess we'll have to see how they manage to work it out when we do eventually see the results of a Shelby Mach-E.
The era of tuning houses taking on high performance electric vehicles is starting to creep up on us. There was the Saleen Tesla a few years ago that showed what a beefed up, tuning house style EV could look like. There's also been the buzz surrounding legendary British Jaguar specialists Lister's attempt at creating a beefed up i-Pace.
There definitely seems to be some kind of a market and some kind of a demand there for the old school tuning houses to carry on their hot-rodding ways well into the electric age.
With Shelby trying to get a foot in the door in this with the Mach-E, maybe it won't be long before Roush and Saleen (both companies being famous for their hot-rodded Mustangs) start developing their own beefed up versions of the Mach-E. It would certainly be very interesting to see!