Ford debuts electric megawatt Mustang

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Nov 2019

Ford has done what many fans would consider the impossible and created a battery-powered Mustang. However, there’s a slight twist that might pull some of those naysayers back: it has a six-speed manual. That’s right, the Mustang Lithium prototype is a battery-electric car with around 671kW of power and a six-speed manual transmission.

Ford partnered with Webasto to create the Lithium, which slotted a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor with dual power inverters where a 5.0-litre V8 would normally reside. An 800-volt Webasto battery system provides the electricity, which has the capability to discharge a full megawatt of power. That’s basically double the capabilities of most electric cars currently on the market.

The gearbox is a tweaked Getrag MT82, able to take 1356Nm of torque, which is sent to a Super 8.8 Torsen rear differential with Ford Performance half shafts. It’s a funny choice because a manual gearbox will probably reduce the outright performance of the Lithium but that’s sort of beside the point.

Plenty of internet forum users have decried EVs because they don’t feel as engaging to drive. Slotting a manual transmission in could go a decent way to bringing some of that involvement back, although we suspect Ford and Webasto will have their work cut out replicating the V8’s howl.


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