Concept Cars

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 offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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