Sports automotive fans will sometimes balk at electrical automobiles as a consequence of their traditional lack of guide transmissions (there is no want for a gearbox, in spite of everything). Still, Ford has hinted that stick shifting may not be utterly useless. The automaker has partnered with the Webasto on a Mustang Lithium challenge automotive that mates a monstrous 900-plus horsepower electrical motor with a six-speed, drag-race-ready Getrag transmission. You possibly can have the fun of dropping ‘gears’ without the guilt of spewing emissions, and also you’d undoubtedly feel it when there are over 1,000ft/lbs of all the time-available torque.
The ability is feasible partly because of some reducing-edge tech. Just like the Porsche Taycan, the Mustang Lithium has an 800-volt battery system that delivers extra efficiency (as much as a megawatt of electrical discharge) even because it reduces weight and warmth. You possibly can even nice-tune the output on a 10.4-inch touchscreen, selecting between torque settings that range from a modest “valet” through “beast.”
Don’t get your hopes too high. Ford pressured that this can be a “one-off” that is designed each for bragging rights in addition to a check mule for battery and heat control applied sciences that may attain manufacturing vehicles.
With that said, it will not be lengthy earlier than Ford shifts its consideration to other sensible designs. It is revealing its Mustang-impressed electrical SUV on November 17th forward of a 2020 debut, and there shall be a manufacturing electric F-150 inside a few years. The Mustang Lithium is simply an early style of an electrification push that could dramatically change Ford’s lineup over time.