Electric Ford Mustang Has 6sp Manual, 900 HP And 1,000 LB-FT Of Instant Torque

This fully-electric Ford Mustang prototype is dubbed ‘Lithium’ and was built in collaboration between the U.S. automaker and Webasto.

With 900 HP and 1,000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm) of instant torque on tap, it is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cars to arrive at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. To top it all off, this zero emission muscle car features a six-speed manual transmission capable of handling its tremendous pulling power.

“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said the automaker’s chief product development and purchasing officer, Hau Thai-Tang. “This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love.”

The Mustang Lithium stands low and sleek, featuring custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lower stance, 20-inch staggered forged wheels, Ford Performance’s Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace, Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R, custom side splitters and rear diffuser, plus a Webasto hood with see-through polycarbonate windows, a TurboDX charging solution and TurboCord portable charger.

Related: Ford’s Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV Teased And Confirmed For LA Show Debut In November

Yet, its most impressive feature is the Phi-Power dual-core electric motor, working alongside an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology, capable of discharging a mega-watt of electrical energy. Keep in mind that 800-volts is twice the voltage you’ll find on most electric cars today. According to Ford, this solution allows the system to be lighter, more powerful and to generate less heat while providing more electric force that most other systems.

Its second-most impressive feature has to be the drag strip proven Calimer version of a Getrag MT82 six-speed manual transmission with billet internals. With the aid of Ford Performance half shafts and a Super 8.8 Torsen differential, it can handle the 1,000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm) of torque, channeled to the road via lightweight Forgeline wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

Once on the move, the Mustang Lithium makes use of a unique set of drive modes that “apply a controlled amount of torque for different driving scenarios”. The driver can select between Valet, Sport, Track and Beast modes using the car’s in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen display.

Ford plans on investing more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles by the year 2022. In the meantime, we can expect an all-new Mustang-inspired fully electric SUV next year, as well as an all-electric F-150 truck in a few years time.

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  • Six_Tymes

    looks cool, and specs sound crazy. I wonder zero to sixty ?

  • Nah, not a Tesla. Who gives a sh it

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The top speed (which is largely irrelevant on highways) will be disappointing.

    • Matt

      Are you sure? The six-speed gearbox would ensure a pretty good top speed (considering most EV’s are single-speed) would it not?

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        No, not really.

        • Matt

          I posed two questions.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            I wasn’t sure, for the avoidance of doubt.
            Any other answers you’re going to have to pay for.

  • Rocket

    My kind of EV …

  • Nick G

    Completely stupid. Let’s slow down this torquemonster EV with six forward gears. Guys who insist on shifting for themselves want that gearbox connected to an ICE.

    • Matt

      I guess you’d have to drive it first to make that determination. Even in ICE-land, manuals are slower than dual-clutch autos, yet enthusiast’s don’t care… this is the same thing.

    • Quinton

      I can see the benefit of not having any gears if you only plan on going fast in a straight line like most Mustang drivers. But on the other hand, shifting up & down is part of what makes driving on a track or a fun road enjoyable.

  • LJ

    There’s no denying this is the future, but a Mustang without a V8 soundtrack, regardless of the performance, just seems pointless to me.

    The throaty burble of an American V8 is every bit as important as getting pinned back in seat when you hit the gas.

    • TheBelltower

      The days are quickly approaching where a loud exhaust note doesn’t signify performance.

      • LJ

        Sadly, you are more right than wrong.

        But it will always be more pleasing to row the gears with the rumbling soundtrack of a V8, than with something that sounds like a sewing machine.

        • TheBelltower

          Most ICE cars sound like crude tractors, and I’ll be fine when ambient noise like that goes away completely. I’ll agree that a tuned V8 or 12cyl sounds amazing as long as they don’t go overboard with volume and the juvenile crackles. The most beautiful sound I ever heard was the thump of a padlock ricochetting off of a yellow Lamborghini after the driver deliberately scared the $h!t out of a crowd in the Meatpacking district in NYC. To the applause of everyone. It’s not smart to piss off a roided meathead.

      • Bash

        That’s true, you can’t top that.

    • Wolverine350R

      They play exhaust sounds over the car speakers now, why not in an electric?

      • LJ

        Sure, some cars pipe in exhaust sounds to give the driver an extra boost of aural adrenaline, but it’s still the actual exhaust sound, it’s not wholly artificial.

        • ace_9

          Just FYI, BMW is famous for creating purely artificial sounds coming from audio system in many of their M and other models. And I think there are other manufacturers doing the same thing. It’s not just amplified exhaust sound.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Finally, a stick in an electric vehicle.

    • Matt

      It’s not the first though, but it would definitely get me into an EV.

  • Mr. EP9

    A manual in an electric car? That’s something you don’t see every day.

  • Lukey

    Yeah and it only weighs as much as a school bus…

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