While the Ford Mustang Mach-E is coming soon, it hasn’t entered production, and no vehicles have been delivered yet. That’s part of what makes a recent video showing a wild looking Mach-E apparently testing at the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research (NCCAR) so interesting. Considering the Mach-E isn’t even out yet, Ford likely has something to do with what’s going on here. Here’s the clip:
Clearly, the vehicle in question is no standard Mustang Mach-E. First and foremost, the whole front end of the car is replaced with some sort of fan system for cooling. Around back, there are three more fan like things. All of this seems to be for battery cooling.
Then there’s the fact that most of the bodywork, trim and windows are completely gone. The tires are also larger and bumped out from the standard car. Then there’s the crazy noise the thing makes, like a Hellcat’s supercharger on steroids.
If there’s one main observation, it’s that this Ford Mustang Mach-E is certainly not street legal. With all of the cooling systems attached, we doubt it’s testing for anything that’ll ever hit the streets. With all that drifting too, there’s a chance this is a future Ken Block Gymkhana car or and RTR vehicle for Vaughn Gittin Jr.
As for the video itself, many of the commenters are claiming it’s a setup, a product of Ford’s marketing department. Ford may be releasing this video to build speculation, and therefore interest on the Mach-E before it enters production. Viewers are citing the great camera quality, newness of the YouTube channel, setting, and fact that someone happened to turn up here when this vehicle was testing as signs that it’s staged. They could be right.
If you look at a Google Maps overview of the area, it is a relatively narrow tree line the person taking the video is standing in. It’s surprising it took so long for anyone to spot the guy. Then, at a few points of the video, the Mustang Mach-E stops directly in between some trees, giving a perfect view of the vehicle. Maybe too perfect. This is also the first ever video on the “Carolina Guy” YouTube channel, and people are saying there’s no way someone could have this good of footage on their first video.
Whether this really is a random person sharing a video of a “Secret electric vehicle testing?” or Ford staging a psyop to promote the Mustang Mach-E, one fact remains. Ford is cooking up something very exciting for its electric Mustang SUV.