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But Does It Spell Doom For The V8 Mustang? And Is The World Ready For It?

Ford Mustang Lithium Electric Muscle Car EV S650
Ford Mustang Lithium Concept. Image via Ford.

Revealed at SEMA 2019, Ford Motor Company, in partnership with Webasto, unveiled the Ford Mustang Lithium prototype, an ultra-high-performance battery-electric Mustang fastback. Ford claims a starchy 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque along with more than 900 horsepower on demand (more than both the Shelby GT500 and the Dragon Snake), and for an electric muscle car, it’s actually pretty cool.

Under the hood, there’s a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor provided with twin power inverters which are fed by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that can discharge a megawatt of electrical energy. According to the company, it’s 800-volt powertrain doubles the voltage of most electric cars on the road today. The system is allegedly lighter, more powerful and generates less heat.

The Ford Mustang Lithium Prototype even features a manual transmission that needs to use a quarter-mile proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with beefed-up billet internals to cope with the violence generated by 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. Routing power to the ground is a set of Ford Performance half shafts along with a Super 8.8 Torsen differential.

The prototype sits low and sleek thanks to a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered lightweight Forgeline wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Other goodies include Ford Performance’s Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace, Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R, Sankuer Composite Technologies side splitters and rear diffuser, plus Webasto hood with see-through polycarbonate windows, TurboDX charging solution and TurboCord portable charger.

Lastly, there’s a unique set of drive modes that apply a controlled amount of torque for different driving scenarios including Valet, Sport, Track and Beast, and are instantly available on-demand via a custom in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen display.

The Mustang Lithium build is a one-off prototype previewing what electrification of the world’s most popular sports car could look like. It will also double as a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies being developed by Webasto and Ford.

Stay tuned for more Ford BEV news coming next week with the expected launch of Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover. Which, combined with the Ford Mustang Lithium, begs the question… is the world ready? Do we want an electric muscle car? Or do we let icons be bygones? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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