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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".

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

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Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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Have you ever seen such a big front lip spoiler?

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The Ford Mustang's nearly 60 years on the U.S. auto market has seen it evolve through several generations, body shapes, and powertrains. That means that if you're shopping for a used Mustang, you've got a huge variety of cars to choose from. Making things even better, Ford and its performance partners have created some truly impressive special editions of the car over the years.


2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R The Cobra R got a prominent rear wing.Bring a Trailer


Back in the 1990s and 2000s, Ford's Special Vehicle Team had a big hand in building the Mustang's recent performance legacy. One of its coolest cars was the Mustang SVT Cobra R, which debuted in 2000 as the fastest Mustang ever built. That pedigree set the Cobra R apart from others in the crowded Mustang catalog, and this car's nearly $100,000 current auction price shows that the R is still quite desirable today.


2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R A six-speed manual transmission was standard.Bring a Trailer


The Cobra R wasn't a common car to begin with. Ford only made 300 for the 2000 model year, so this car would be quite a find even with ten times the mileage. The R was SVT's only Mustang for 2000 and put down some impressive numbers for the time. The cars got a 5.4-liter V8 that produced 385 horsepower when new, but many outside performance tests showed that the R was capable of putting down more power than advertised. The engine was paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. Ford claimed the powertrain could propel the Cobra R to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds and noted that it could go on to reach a top speed of 170 mph.


2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R The car is in nearly brand-new condition.Bring a Trailer


To the average person, the Cobra R could be written off as just run-of-the-mill Mustang with an aftermarket body kit, but there are subtle indicators that help identify it as the beast that it is. The Cobra R has a tall rear wing spoiler and an insanely long front lip spoiler. The hood has been bumped out with a large power bugle and there's a side-exit exhaust with chrome tips.


2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R The 5.4-liter V8 was rated at 385 hp when new.Bring a Trailer


As cool and rare as this particular car is, it's hard to get too excited about it. With around 890 miles on the clock, the temptation to continue hiding it away in safe storage somewhere is strong. A large part of what makes this Cobra R special is its condition, so driving it might suck some of the fun out of ownership. That said, the R generated quite a bit of interest. There are just a few hours left for the car to crest the $100,000 mark, but regardless of its final selling price, we hope the next owner is willing to add some miles.

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