When the Ford Mustang Mach-E debuted, the First Edition model was the top-dog of the lineup. The limited-production model comes packed with the larger 88 kWh battery pack, all-wheel drive, red brake calipers, a fancy faux-leather interior, and just about every optional extra on the list. The Mustang Mach-E First Edition is also the most potent non-GT variant, with a power output of 346 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. The First Edition model was also the most expensive, carrying an MSRP of $61,000 including destination charges. It is then the electric Mustang SUV for the most die-hard EV early adopters. Ford has now found a small way to thank these customers for their intense interest. Along with receiving their new electric vehicle, the Blue Oval will also send customers these unique 3D printed statues.
Every Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition customer will be given a collectible wireframe pony sculpture, which harks back to the sculpture seen at the SUV’s debut event. This trinket is made in-house at the Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan. The 3D printed plastic sculptures will be color matched to the owner’s car in one of the three colors available on the First Edition models: Rapid Red Metallic, Grabber Blue Metallic, or Carbonized Gray. To further identify the sculpture with the owner’s specific car, Ford has even installed a serialized baseplate that features the vehicle’s VIN number. This is the first time Ford has 3D printed a gift for customers, which is somewhat cool.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve 3D-printed a vehicle part, but this one is different,” said Harold Sears, technical leader for additive manufacturing. “It highlights a special connection with the customer and is really exciting because it showcases the potential to personalize. When you think additive manufacturing, you think of making parts, assembly fixtures or jigs to help build a vehicle, but this is another place where additive manufacturing can shine.”
Automakers have given customers gifts for ages now, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a welcome extra. We don’t know exactly how many Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition models were sold, but we’re sure that these little sculptures will find a nice home in their owners’ garages or offices. Ford Mustang fans have always enjoyed some automobilia, and Ford likely wants to keep that going as the nameplate takes on a new shape. Whether or not your a fan of this oddly shaped pony car, the sculptures are pretty sweet.