There’s no need to wait for the electric Mustang to come from Ford as there’s already a version out at this year’s SEMA.
Ford Performance teamed up with Webasto to make the Ford Mustang Lithium, a battery-powered Mustang with an insane amount of performance. How does 900 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of on-demand torque grab you? Because it should grab you by the throat and throttle you to the back of your seat.
The key to this insane feat is Webasto’s EVDrive 800-volt battery technology. This not only allows for faster charging but also far greater discharging than most electric cars on the road. A full megawatt of electrical energy can come out of these things at peak power and give this vehicle hypercar levels of performance.
Under the hood is a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters in place of the old gas-guzzling engine. Curiously the whole thing connects to a 6-seed Getrag MT82 manual transmission, although the internals have been beefed-up to handle 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Power is directed to a Super 8.8 Torsen differential and turns a set of 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
Other upgrades include the strut tower brace and 6-piston Brembo brakes from the Mustang GT350R. Webasto built a bespoke interior for the Lithium including a 10.4-inch touch screen to rival the biggest screens on the road, as well as a custom hood with polycarbonate see-through windows so you can watch all those electrons churning.
“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. “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.”
Don’t expect the Lithium Mustang to be quite what Ford provides us over the next few years, but an electric Mustang is certainly coming.