Ford Mustang Lithium: one-off electric concept sparks a stir

Andrew Cummings
November 6, 2019

Most electric cars come with a single-speed transmission, while the Taycan bucks the trend with a two-speed automatic transmission.

The Ford Mustang Lithium is claimed to be capable of generating 912 PS of peak power and more than 1,355 Nm of peak torque.

Beyond the powertrain overhaul, Ford drops the Lithium by an inch (2.5 cm), cuts weight with custom carbon components, adds in a Ford Performance Track Handling Pack, bolts on Sankuer Composite Technologies side splitters and rear diffuser, and borrows Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R.

"Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer.

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 05, 2019 - Ford and Webasto today reveal Mustang Lithium, an ultra high-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype.

As a unique tribute to the Mustang's driver-oriented pedigree, the collaborators chose a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission in place of the automatics typically favoured by EVs. According to Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer Hau Thai-Tang, the one-of-one prototype was built to showcase "what new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a vehicle they already know and love".

The Mustang Lithium was also created as a way to test heat management systems in an electric auto, according to Ford.

Under the bonnet the V8 has been replaced by a dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters, powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy.

To tame this phenomenal power, the Ford Mustang Lithium has four drive modes that limit output depending on the scenario: Valet, Sport, Track and Beast.

With 800 volts the Mustang Lithium has twice the voltage of most electric cars on the road today.

This fully-electric Ford Mustang prototype is dubbed "Lithium" and was built in collaboration between the US automaker and Webasto. Ford Performance half shafts and a Super 8.8 Torsendifferential further distribute power to the lightweight 20-in Forgeline wheels wrapped up in Michelin PilotSport 4S tires. If electric cars are really the future, and we're damn sure they are, then this is the way we want them.

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