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1,400-horsepower Ford Mustang Mach-E prototype developed by RTR took 10,000 hours to build

A new prototype shows what the Mustang Mach-E could be capable of.

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In the words of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor, "More power!" That's what the RTR Vehicles teamed with Ford Performance to achieve with its new Ford Mustang Mach-E prototype. RTR is an aftermarket company that has been responsible for creating the Mustang RTR-X and Ken Block's Mustang Hoonicorn RTR.

The Mustang Mach-E 1400 takes the performance of the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 a step further, using seven electric motors in the Mustang Mach-E to achieve 1,400 horsepower. That model, a one-off all-electric dragster prototype, delivered over 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of getting down the strip in the low-8 second range at more than 170 mph.

Mustang Mach-E 1400: Build

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Mustang Mach-E 1400: Track

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Mustang Mach-E 1400: Reveal

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"Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup," said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E. "Mustang Mach-E is going to be fun to drive, just like every other Mustang before it, but Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely insane, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR."

Ford Performance and RTR collaborated for a total of 10,000 hours on the Mustang Mach-E 1400. They used many of the same tools Ford uses for its race cars and production programs to create the model with a focus on aerodynamics. This meant that the cooling ducts, splitter, dive planes, and rear wing all got special attention.

"Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be," said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. "This experience is like nothing you've ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster."

The Mustang Mach-E 1400 has five motors more than what's in the Mustang Mach-E GT. Three are at the front, connected to the differential, while four are laid out pancake style at the rear. A driveshaft connects the them. The layout allows the car to have front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive capabilities.

The car can be set up for drifting or a track day. Power delivery can be evenly split between the front and rear, or completely one to the other. Designers are targeting more than 2,300 pounds of downforce at 160 mph.

In other words, it's primed for hooning.

The Mustang Mach-E has a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery under its floor made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells. The battery system is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs. Ford considers this an ultra-high performance battery.

There's also an electronic brake booster that allows regenerative braking capability combined with ABS and stability control. It has Brembo brakes, like the Mustang GT4 race car and a hydraulic handbrake system purposefully designed for driving, that integrates with the powertrain to allow the driver to completely shut off the rear motors.

The companies also took the opportunity to try out new materials on the Mustang Mach-E's body. The hood is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.

Ford will debut the model at a NASCAR race "soon".

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The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.

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Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX's future.

Named after Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

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Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job - a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint's intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint's luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX's center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

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Ford has listened and will be making its Bronco available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package.

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It's safe to say that enthusiasm for the 2021 Ford Bronco is high. The voices of the enthusiasts are loud too. So loud, that the powers that be at Ford Motor Company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan heard them when they shouted all over social media that they wanted the Bronco to be available with a manual transmission and the Sasquatch Package - a combination not announced at the product's debut.

"The Bronco community spoke and we heard them," said Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager. "Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can."

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Previously, the Sasquatch Package was only available on select trim levels of the two- and four-door Bronco with the available 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Sasquatch Package gives the model 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires that are mounted to 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, Dana front and rear electronic locking axles with 4.7:1 final drive ratio, and a high-clearance suspension with a nearly two-inch wider track, position-sensitive Bilstein shocks, and wider fender flares.

The change makes the Bronco the only 4x4 with a seven-speed manual and 35-inch off-road tires in its class, giving it one more boasting point in the Bronco vs. Wrangler throwdown for off-road supremacy.

The Sasquatch Package will now be available across the Ford Bronco lineup including the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outerbanks, and Badlands grades. It is standard on the Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition models. Exterior paint job options vary by trim level.

"Capability is always a priority, and pairing Sasquatch with a manual transmission and available advanced 4x4 system gives it a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1, providing even more off-road capability across the line-up," said Dave Pericak, Ford icons global director.

The manual transmission with Sasquatch package is targeted to be available in late 2021. But, you may have to wait 15 months to get yours.

Earlier this year, AutomotiveMap rode in a Bronco with a manual transmission as well as the Bronco Sport.

The Bronco build and price module on Ford.com will go live in October. How can you get a deal on your preferred model? There's one thing you need to know.

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