Despite how you feel about it, electric cars are the future. I’m personally not a huge fan of electric cars but I’ve been slowly coming around. I think projects like RTR’s take on the Ford Mustang Mach-E will definitely help win over some people who may still be on the fence.
Ford essentially gave a Mustang Mach-E body-in-white to Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR shop and told them to go off and go off they did!
The end result is a 1,400 horsepower purpose built electric race car with seven engines. Yes; you heard right, seven!
The “RTR Mustang Mach-E 1400” has three electric motors attached to its front differential and four are attached to the rear differential “pancake style”. The two power banks are connected via one driveshaft which must be made out of pure freakin’ kryptonite to withstand all that torque and power.
The Mustang draws power from a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery that is nickel manganese cobalt-based for high power output. It also has a custom system to cool the battery down while its charging.
Considering how much power the RTR Mach-E puts out, I’m not sure how many runs the battery will last before it needs to be recharged but I can’t imagine it would be very many. Though I don’t think that is much of a concern in a car built for things like drifting and gymkhana.
If you want to see the RTR Mustang Mach-E 1400 in action, check out the video below and the gallery. For more info you can find the press release below as well.
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 reveal video:
THE RESULT OF 10,000 HOURS OF WORK BETWEEN FORD PERFORMANCE AND RTR VEHICLES, THE ONE-OF-A-KIND MACH-E 1400 HAS ARRIVED.
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PRESS RELEASE VIA FORD MOTOR COMPANY, DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, JULY 21, 2020 — Peak horsepower: 1,400 – and make it electric.
Mission accomplished: Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance. Watch here to see the all-electric prototype in action.
Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower. The chassis and powertrain work together for a multitude of setups offering capability unlike any other vehicle.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup,” said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E. “Mustang Mach-E is going to be fun to drive, just like every other Mustang before it, but Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely insane, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR.”
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has taken shape without rules. The Ford design team and RTR used many of the same tools Ford uses for its race cars and production programs. Aerodynamics are optimized for shape and location, with a focus on cooling ducts, front splitter, dive planes and rear wing.
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has seven motors – five more than even Mustang Mach-E GT. Three are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials, which have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.
“The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.”
The chassis and powertrain are set up to allow the team to investigate different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. Drift and track setups have completely different front end configurations like control arms and steering changes to allow for extreme steering angles in drifting. Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.
The 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery (installed) is made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high performance and high discharge rate. The battery system is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs.
An electronic brake booster is integrated to allow series regenerative braking combined with ABS and stability control to optimize the braking system. Mustang Mach-E 1400 features Brembo™ brakes, like the Mustang GT4 race car, and a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting that integrates with the powertrain controls to enable the ability to shut off power to the rear motors.
Mustang Mach-E 1400, which is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon, serves as a test bed for new materials. The hood is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electric vehicles worldwide, with the first global vehicle, Mustang Mach-E, available to order here now. The all-electric Mustang Mach-E starts hitting the streets in the U.S. at the end of this year.
Brembo is a trademark of Brembo S.p.A.
About RTR Vehicles
RTR Vehicles’ core business is engineering, manufacturing and selling turn-key dealer installed packages and OEM quality accessories in the aftermarket and is focused solely on Ford vehicles—such as the Mustang, F-150 and most recently the Ranger—at Ford Dealerships globally. In addition to readily available parts and turn-key vehicle packages, RTR is known for thinking outside of the box and bringing its wild creations to reality, such as the Mustang RTR-X, Ken Block’s Mustang Hoonicorn RTR, and now the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400. RTR Vehicles is the brainchild of motorsports champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and over the course of the last 10 years has received numerous accolades, earned design awards and continues to innovate and put smiles on its owners faces. RTR Vehicles is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com.