Ford really amazed the audiences at the SEMA show in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the unveiling of the electric Mustang Lithium.
Americans muscles buy horsepower but drive torque” and “horsepower sells cars, but torque wins the race.” Especially when it comes to muscle cars. And while its true that electric cars don’t have the raw sound of a bellowing engine, they do offer instant torque and an immense amount of it. In the case of this Ford Mustang, dubbed Mustang Lithium, built as a collaboration between Ford and Webasto, it generates over 1000 lb-ft of instant torque. That’s enough torque to pull an oak tree out of the ground as well as a smoke anything from the lights.
There are two very important facts you need to know about the EV Mustang. It has over 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts) under the hood. And you can manage that power with an honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission.
The Mustang Lithium uses an 800-volt Webasto battery system and Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters. “This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s product chief.
Webasto used a 2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost as the base for its electric conversion. Stock, that car weighs in at 3,542 pounds. According to the Webasto rep, the complete Lithium Mustang weighs about the same as a GT500, which tips the scales at 4,171 pounds. But most of that weight is in the batteries, which can be spread out. Webasto put about a third of the batteries under the hood with the motor, and the rest over the rear axle, which resulted in a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight balance. With the weight sitting over the rear axle, the Webasto representative explained that they felt it was unnecessary to have some sort of wing or spoiler to provide downforce for grip at the back.