Who says the manual transmission is dead? (at least not in India). On this note, here is an all-electric Ford Mustang with the 6-speed manual transmission. This Ford dubbed the “Mustang Lithium” is a 900 hp-1,356 nm tyre shredder and, unfortunately, a one-off.
Ford Mustang Electric | Mustang Lithium
When was the last time you heard “electric car” and “manual transmission” used as one? Never, we suppose.There is no need for one, right? Wrong! the crazy folks at Ford have done it and made this concept a reality. The Ford Mustang Lithium saw its debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, US of A.
First, let’s get this clear that this electric Ford Mustang is a one-off prototype and not a production-ready model. To be specific, the Mustang Lithium is a battery-electric vehicle or BEV for short (Know more about BEV here).
Ford partnered with automotive parts supplier Webasto for the Mustang Lithium project. This battery-electric car uses a 900+hp, 1000 ft/lbs phi-Power dual-core electric motor with dual power inverters mated to a 6-speed Getrag manual transmission. A Super 8.8 Torsen differential with Ford Performance half shafts keep the wheels to the ground. However, with 1,356 nm worth of torque, the tyre won’t be lasting long.
The Ford Mustang Electric uses an 800-volt Webasto battery that delivers upto a megawatt of electrical discharge and 671 kilowatts to the wheels. Interestingly, you can also modulate the incoming power tweaking it from “valet” mode to “beast” mode.
Lowered suspension with the Ford Performance Track Handling Package coupled with strut tower brace and six-piston Brembo brakes borrowed from it ICE brother helps the Mustang to stay on track.
The very point of a manual transmission in a car is to keep the engine revs in the “sweet spot” howbeit, an electric motor always stays in the sweet spot. The torque kicks at zero rpm.
But the whole point of Ford introducing a 6-speed manual on a Mustang was to make the drive more organic, natural and engaging. The Mustang “Lithium” Electric is just one big flex by Mustang to showcase its electric hyper-mobility progress and might as well convert those electric-critics towards electric mobility.