Ford built a one-off electric mustang with manual transmission

by Julia Wald

on the occasion of the annual SEMA trade show in las vegas, ford has created an all-electric mustang. the one-off build was built in collaboration between ford and webasto, and generates more than 1000 pound-feet of torque and more than 900 horsepower.

dubbed ‘mustang lithium’, the car features electric blue details on the bonnet, a hint at what lies within. under the hood: a phi-power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters – all powered by an 800-volt webasto battery system with EVdrive technology that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy. the package produces 1,000 pound-feet of torque and more than 900 horsepower.

mustang lithium is low and sleek, with custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels. it features a set of drive modes that apply a controlled amount of torque for different driving scenarios. valet, sport, track and beast, and are instantly available on demand via a custom in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen display.

the one-off model uses brembo six-piston front brakes from the shelby GT350R. additional features include ford performance’s track handling pack and strut tower brace, sankuer composite technologies side splitters and rear diffuser, plus webasto hood with see-through polycarbonate windows, turboDX charging solution and turbocord portable charger.

the one-off prototype is inteded to showcase ford’s dedication to an electrified future. it’s also a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies webasto and ford are creating for the growing e-mobility automotive segment. ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2022, including an all-new mustang-inspired fully electric SUV in 2020 with range of 300 miles and an all-electric f-150 in a few years.

the all-new 2020 ford explorer and escape hybrid suvs feature the company’s fourth-generation lithium-ion battery technology, similar to the energy storage system used on the mustang lithium. an f-150 hybrid also arrives next year. more than the instantaneous torque of these electric drive powertrains provide, greater levels of torque management and driver control can be enabled, plus zero emissions.

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