Ford builds all-electric, 900-hp Mustang




From the recently-debuted 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E to the company's commitment to investing $11.5 billion dollars in electric vehicles by 2022, Ford has placed some big bets on the future of electric vehicles in recent years. Now, in a collaboration with electric motor and battery maker Webasto, Ford has created an all-electric Mustang that showcases what can be accomplished with electric power from a high-performance standpoint, and the results are stunning.

Called the Mustang Lithium concept, the groundbreaking vehicle started as a production 2020 Mustang fastback body shell. Under the hood, however, the Mustang Lithium goes decidedly high-tech, with a battery pack and electric motor system that generates the equivalent of over 900 horsepower and more than 1,000 lb.-ft. of instant torque. Ford debuted the Lithium Mustang at this year's Special Equipment Manufacturer Association show in Las Vegas and says it is both a showcase for today's electric vehicles and a testbed to show what's possible in the future.

 

“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. “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.”

Powering the Lithium Mustang are twin power inverters, an 800-volt Webasto battery system, and a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor. Together, the system produces twice the voltage of most electric production cars today, resulting in some serious horsepower.

In an old-school twist that shows the flexibility of the electric powertrain, the electric motor is backed by Ford's Getrag MT82 six-speed manual transmission, which has been beefed up with all-billet gears to help handle the four-digit torque. Moving rearward, a carbon fiber driveshaft sends power to a Super 8.8-inch Torsen rear differential sporting Ford Performance half-shafts.

Putting the ponies to the ground are lightweight Forgeline Wheels, with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Ford Performance’s Track Handling Pack with billet strut tower brace helps the Lithium stick like glue to the corners, while Brembo six-piston front brakes borrowed from the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT350R help bring things to a halt.

Externally, the Mustang Lithium features a one-inch lowered stance, and some wild paint and body mods, including a hood with polycarbonate windows to let you see the beast's electric heart, plus Sankuer Composite Technologies side splitters and rear diffuser. Inside, the Lithium Mustang features a unique set of drive modes that apply a controlled amount of torque features push-button customizable drive modes, including Valet, Sport, Track and "Beast Mode," which sounds like all kinds of fun.
 

“Very similar to Ford’s push for vehicle electrification, 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,” said Mark Denny, Webasto Customized Solutions North America President and CEO.

If the Mustang Lithium is what the electrified future of Ford is going to look like and perform, sign us up! Ready to check out vehicles of the future that you can drive right now? Stop in today at Heartland Ford of Heber Springs and check out our full selection of 2020 Ford models, or shop us online at our website: heartlandford.com

 
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