Ken Block Drifts the Mustang Mach-E
Ford made history when it announced its plans for the world’s first fully-electric pony car. But the first time Ken Block got behind the wheel, he couldn’t put all that power to good use. At the time, Ford only had three copies of the Mustang Mach-E, so drifting it was entirely out of the question.
That changed recently when Ford Performance paired up with RTR Vehicles to create the Mach-E 1400. What’s so special about this modified Mach-E — and how does it stand up to the drifting skills of Ken Block?
A Dream Custom
This isn’t the kind of Mustang Mach-E that you’ll find on the showroom floor when they hit the market next year. The Mach-E 1400 is the brainchild of RTR Vehicles and Ford Performance. And if you enjoy seeing something powerful hit the track, you’ll be in heaven.
It generates 1,400 horsepower thanks to three motors under the hood and an additional four in the rear. It creates 1,500 lb-ft of torque until you add a differential to the mix. With this setup, a differential acts as a torque multiplier. In theory, it can generate thousands of lb-ft of torque, depending on what you need.
Its 1,500-pound battery provides a super-low center of gravity that makes this electric Mustang feel like an Indy car, hugging the road like it never wants to let go. “There’s nothing like this. It’s literally like a magnet roller coaster that you control. It’s obnoxious.” It only drives for 45 minutes, but it only takes another 45 minutes for a full charge.
Once you open the hood, the three motors are stacked one atop the others, acting almost like an old-school rotary engine. There are two different cooling systems under the hood — one oil-cooled and one water-cooled — and two pairs of radiators to keep them cool.
More New Mustangs
The Mach-E isn’t the only new Mustang that’s hitting the market this year. The 2020 Mustang has earned the title of the most powerful pony car of all time. The GT500 comes with a massively powerful engine that generates 760 horsepower — but, of course, this power comes at a price. The base model of the GT500 will set you back $72,000.
The Mach-E will likely start appearing on showroom floors toward the end of 2020 for the 2021 model season, but Ken Block gives us a glimpse at what this electric Mustang might be capable of.
Tearing up the Track
The amount of power the Mach-E 1400 generates is staggering. It really does act and sound like a magnetic roller coaster. All of its power and all of its torque is available as soon as you press the accelerator — a perk of electric motors — and with a simple tug of the parking brake, you can launch it into a spin.
While the stock version of the Mach-E might not be able to generate the sheer amount of torque that the modified 1400 can, it’s still the first of its kind. We can’t really describe what it’s like to drift in this fantastic modded car — you’ll just have to see it for yourself.