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.
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.