Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400: 1381bhp and seven motors!

Published: 21 July 2020

► 1381bhp from seven motors
► A one-off from Ford and RTR Vehicles
► Will be used to develop electric performance cars 

How do you make your electric SUV a little more interesting? If you’re Jaguar, you create a one-make series called the I-Pace eTrophy. If you’re Ford, you make this; the Mach-E 1400. Following the same trend as the Mustang Cobra Jet, the Mach-E 1400 is a 1381bhp one-off, and is designed to show just how interesting all-electric power can be.  

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What’s underneath?

It’s a collaboration from RTR Vehicles and Ford, though after 10,000 of labour it features some very noticeable differences. Instead of two motors, the Mach-E 1400 has seven; three attached to the front-diff and four to the rear. This actually creates massive scope for tweaking, so the car can be changed for drifting or track racing.  

We drive the I-Pace eTrophy car 

‘The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,’ said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance – rather predictably. ‘Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.’

The exotic setup of the SUV means the Mach-E 1400 can act like a high-powered test lab, allowing Ford engineers to assess the performance of an all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive combinations. 

It uses a 56.8 kWh battery made of nickel manganese cobalt for fast and efficient energy discharging. 

What about the chassis? 

All those bits of wing mean the Mach-E 1400 can generate just over 1000kg of downforce at 160mph, and the chassis has been upgraded to cope with the power, too. The 1400 features Brembo brakes like the GT4 racecar, and drifting-spec hydraulic handbrake which actually shuts off power to the rear wheels. As you’d expect on a car with over 1000bhp, this Mach-E features ABS and ESC.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast