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This Extreme EV Will Attempt To Change Perception With Aggressive Aero And Unconventional Sounds

Mustang Mach-E RTR

Suspicions have been confirmed: RTR Vehicles is cooking up a high-voltage Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, and it’s debuting tomorrow. Owned by Formula D champion Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR works exclusively with Ford products, and already offers multiple stage packages of the iconic Mustang muscle car, as well as the rugged Ranger and formidable F-150 pickup trucks. But this Mustang Mach-E RTR will be a huge departure, and a huge leap forward for both electric vehicles and the aftermarket alike.

In the teaser photo above, it’s clear that the Ford Mustang Mach-E RTR can abuse and obliterate its tires at will around open tarmac. But with its lowered stance, massive rear wing, and radical dive planes that have also been teased, this electric crossover looks ready to send it around a technical road course just as well. At this time, there’s no indicator how much power this thing is putting down, although a sound clip from a previous teaser video has this thing sounding like a power drill the size of a car. Because, that’s kind of what it is. Availability of this machine is also unclear.

Mustang Mach-E RTR Wing

Ford Motor Company otherwise plans on launching the Mustang Mach-E in a few short months, with orders opening up last month. At the time, over 50,000 Mach-E preorders were recorded, with customers putting down $100 to reserve a spot. Ford did a similar tactic with the Bronco 2-Door, 4-Door, and Bronco Sport. There’s also a Mach-E First Edition, which has been fully reserved.

Reaction to the Mustang Mach-E was all over the map. Several muscle car enthusiasts reviled its existence, while some figureheads such as the Mustang Club of America president endorsed it wholeheartedly. It’s too early to tell what it will do to the iconic image of the Mustang brand, but if the Mustang Mach-E RTR has anything to say about it, perceptions about speed, drama, and performance could remain intact.

Mustang Mach-E RTR

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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