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Watch: NASCAR’s Joey Logano drifts the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a high-powered one-off of the electric vehicle.

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With NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano behind the wheel, famed drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr. hit the track in the Ford Mustang Mach-E this week with burnin' rubber on the mind.

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's new all-electric crossover. The traditional variant delivers around 460 horsepower. The Mustang Mach-E 1400, a one-off performance-focused variant codeveloped by Ford Performance and RTR, has 1,400 horsepower thanks to its unique seven-motor setup.

The video was shot at Ford's Romeo Proving Grounds in the days leading up to last weekend's NASCAR double header at Michigan International Speedway. Logano and Gittin Jr. were on hand to make a short film to showcase the model.

What's it like to drive it? In the video, Gittin Jr. says that he recently heard it described as “being sucked into a vacuum".

"It was so cool to get a chance to drive the Mustang Mach-E 1400," Logano said. "With all-wheel drive it just launches at the start and you have so much power it's crazy. The Ford Performance guys with Vaughn and his team have built something special."

Here's the video. Warning: you can't un-hear the whine.

Joey Logano Gets Up Close & Personal With The Mach-E 1400 | Mustang | Ford Performancewww.youtube.com

While you're here, Check out this other video featuring the Mustang Mach-E 1400, Logano, Gittin Jr., Ken Block, Hallie Deegan and others.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400: One-Of-A-Kind Prototype | Mustang | Ford Performancewww.youtube.com

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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