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The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype Is A 1,400 HP AWD Monster Drift Machine

Massive tire squealing and EV motor whine is all you’ll hear when the 1,400 horsepower Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype flies by

  • With 1,400 horsepower and seven electric motors, smoke shows are guaranteed.

  • The Mach-E 1,400 was developed in part with RTR.

  • At 160 mph, it develops 2,300 lbs of downforce.

There’s something wonderful about bringing a fully electric “green” vehicle to market and mixing it up with complete hooliganism. The production Ford Mustang Mach-E won’t be as insane as the Mach-E 1400 Prototype but that’s because RTR won’t help modify all Mach-E EVs into 1,400 horsepower, seven-electric-motor mad drift machines.

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Ford, after having far too much barely-legal fun with the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 drag car, put together the Mach-E 1400 Prototype that is designed to do it all, from drifting, drag strips and the gymkhana course.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype | Photo: Ford

RTR is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s dedicated aftermarket Ford tuning company. They transform Ford Ranger and F-150 pickups into uniquely designed performance vehicles, but this is not where Gittin Jr. got his start. The man used to race Mustangs and before long, built a close relationship with Ford and some guy named Ken Block. We think you get the idea.

“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion, and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype | Photo: Ford

Vaughn Gittin Jr. is no stranger to power and performance but this is no ordinary “performance” vehicle. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 has seven motors – five more than the Mustang Mach-E GT. Three are attached to the front differential and four are setup pancake-style in the rear, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials. This creates a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype | Photo: Ford

If you’re like us, you wonder how a regular hand-brake could work to lock up the rear wheels given all the power. Ford used a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting that integrates with the powertrain controls to enable the ability to shut off power to the rear motors and lock up the rear Brembo brakes.

A 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery, made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high performance and high discharge rate, feeds the seven motors. We suspect, although it’s not mentioned anywhere, that the Mach-E 1400’s range isn’t that great…

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype | Photo: Ford

And it doesn’t matter because the 1,400 horsepower is designed to light up tires, go fast and sideways.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype will make its first appearance at a NASCAR race soon – look for a giant plume of white smoke.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype | Photo: Ford


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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