Mustang ‘Lithium’ prototype has an electric motor by Phi-Power and Webasto battery, delivering 1000lb ft of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox
6 November 2019

Ford has unveiled a one-off electric Mustang prototype, which can produce 888bhp and features a six-speed manual gearbox, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The car, called the ‘Lithium’ and developed in conjunction with Webasto, touches down ahead of Ford’s upcoming ‘Mach E’ fully-electric Mustang-inspired SUV, due to be unwrapped at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.

The Lithium has several upgrades over the standard Stang. To the basic model, Ford has added carbon fiber body parts and 20-inch wheels. It also receives Ford’s Performance Track Handling Pack, adding modified front struts and track lowering springs that lower the car to be approximately one inch closer to the ground, as well as six-piston Brembo front brakes.

The interior retains much the same layout as the standard car, but benefits from a custom 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The prototype also gains four new drive modes - Valet, Sport, Track and Beast mode - which are staggered in order of performance and selectable via the screen. The wheel and dash, door insides and gearstick come in a custom blue trim.

Under the bonnet, the typical Mustang V8 is replaced with a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor that's paired with an 800-volt Webasto electric battery. The 888bhp and 1000lb ft of torque it can generate is delivered through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Ford has made no endurance claims for the electric Mustang, but it appears that it was designed for speed rather than a long battery range. By contrast, the range is the only official specification which the company has revealed for its upcoming ‘Mach E’, which will be capable of 370 miles per charge.

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6 November 2019

....totally pointless!

6 November 2019
289 wrote:

....totally pointless!

too hot for the road? It's a one off, a proof of concept

If you sneezed you'd take out a bus stop full of people and end up as popular as Harold Shipman or Michael Ryan

6 November 2019

It demonstrates the muscle car can adapt to an EV future like everything else.  And that's a good thing.  Don't get me wrong, I love powerful petrol engines, I have a V8 and plan to enjoy it as one of the last of it's kind.  I do low mileage and try to offset my CO2 so won't feel guilty about it.  But ICE is old technology and the world needs to move forwards.  EV's not ready for mass-adoption yet imho, but give it another 5 years and it should be. 

Will it sound as good and be as emotive?  No.  

Will it be cleaner and faster?  absolutely.

6 November 2019

Its pointless because it doesn't advanced any technology, by the look of it they have simply replaced the engine with a motor leaving a long propshaft down the middle. They don't state range because they won't be able to fit very many batteries in this non-EV platfor.

Hence in no way is this a valid engineering design.

There are fast electric cars and in fact EVs have a much lower marginal cost to add performance than a petrol car.

6 November 2019
there are a lot of so-called "muscle" cars being preserved, cherished by their owners, but in less than 10 years, on your Sunday drive you will be a pariah. So I can see the appeal of a straight swap, leaving all the mechanicals in place, conventional brakes etc, rather than a motor at each corner with regenerative braking, so the purists can keep ye olde piston engine in a glass case and dream that maybe one day they can swap it back. Maybe with some kind of carbon capture device in the rear

6 November 2019

 Knock it for it's impractical use, admire it for all that torque, it's not how fast, it's how quick......

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