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Ford Performance Is Evaluating Existing Performance EVs

Mustang Mach-E 1400 SEMA Livery

EV cars are excellent for clearing your conscious when it comes to vehicle emissions if you’re concerned about that sort of thing. Sure they have a lot of torque, and the Tesla Model S Plaid is a fantastic demonstration of how fast they can be. But according to top Ford performance engineer Carl Widmann, there’s still a lot to be desired when it comes to electric performance cars.

Ford Performance: Testing The Competition

Widmann was in Australia to review the deployment progress of the Ranger Raptor. According to EV Central, he made it very clear he wasn’t a fan of the driving character of electric vehicles. Wildmann oversees the development of Ford’s most aggressive road vehicles at Ford Performance which includes the Mustang GT350 and supercharged GT500. However, he stated that he and his team have been working to figure out how to give EVs some character.

2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition. Image via Ford Performance.

Ford is heading down a path of electrification, putting pressure on Widmann and his crew to produce some exciting EVs. Ford already sells the Mustang Mach-E, which offers some pretty quick 0-60 numbers, but it misses substance as there’s no roar from a V8 engine when accelerating. Widmann revealed that Ford Performance has sampled some high-performance vehicles and noted that the Porsche Taycan “is getting close,” but for the price, “you can buy two GT500s for that.”

He was less complimentary when asked to assess the Tesla Model S Plaid and opted to pass on his commentary on the car. Ford Performance plans to evaluate the BMW i4 next as they work to understand what is out there and if anyone is able to deliver the great experience that comes with a performance car. The engine noise is a significant factor working against EVs, along with the loss of gear-changing and the longer wheelbase needed to accommodate batteries.

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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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