Back in 2020, while Ford was still whetting appetites and building interest in its first series-production EV, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, you might remember that it made a bit of a splash – and plenty of smoke – with a one-off, four-wheel- drive ‘demonstration vehicle’ called the Mach-E 1400. Driven at various events that year by drift ace Vaughn Gittin Jr, the car’s mission was “to showcase the art of the possible for an electric car”. With seven motors and nearly 1400bhp, it certainly did that.
Compared with prototypes, of course, production cars are born more out of the arts of the achievable and commercially viable. Our question this week, then, is whether Ford’s range-topping, road-going performance version of the Mach-E, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, can follow in the wheel tracks of that 2020 prototype – or whether it will wilt in comparison.
The Mach-E GT arrives in UK showrooms only about 15 months after the first right-hand-drive examples of its lesser sibling derivatives. Its price makes it a shade cheaper than its premium-branded performance EV rivals, although not nearly cheap enough to allow
for there to be any excuses if it falls short as a driver’s car. This is a fast Ford after all, the first zero-emission example of our electrification- enamoured era, and it’s a Ford Mustang to boot. Even without the smoky, track antics build-up, then, it would have had plenty of expectation to live up to. Some very talented rivals are already priced a little too close for comfort, namely those from the likes of Porsche, BMW and Tesla, while competition from Kia and VW’s ID brand arrives soon.