Last week on November 5th, Ford and Webasto announced their collaborative creation of the Mustang Lithium. This vehicle is a Mustang prototype designed to not only showcase an all electric model of a popular sports car, but to also serve as an example of the battery and thermal management technologies that Webasto and Ford are working together on for the growing e-mobility automotive segment.

Pushing the power of electric vehicles, the Ford Mustang Lithium prototype produces more than 1,000ft-lb of torque! Built with custom carbon fiber components, a 1-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels, the Mustang Lithium appears as smooth as it runs. This prototype was equipped with a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters- all powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology. This system with EVDrive Technology can discharge one megawatt of electrical energy, that’s enough energy to power 330 houses for one hour. Using a battery with such a high voltage power allows the car’s system to be lighter, more powerful, generate less heat, and produce more electric force than most battery-electric systems currently available. The Mustang Lithium not only comes with more power, but it also includes a drag-strip proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed manual transmission with billet internals to handle the 1,000 ft.-lbs of torque.

“Very similar to Ford’s push for vehicle electrification, this is an innovative way to further the technologies we’re developing to enable vehicle electrification while creating a vision of how cool the future of electric performance will be,” said Mark Denny, Webasto Customized Solutions North America President and CEO.

The Mustang Lithium already comes equipped with Ford Performance parts such as the half shafts, Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace. To slow you down through the turns, the Mustang Lithium comes with Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R. For charging, the Mustang Lithium uses a TurboDX charging solution and TurboCord portable charger. The Mustang Lithium also comes with a unique set of drive modes that control the amount of torque for various driving situations. These driving modes include valet, sport, track, and beast, and the modes can be selected from the custom in-dash 10.4 inch touchscreen display.

“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. “This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love.”

In a massive push towards electric vehicles, Ford is investing over $11.5 billion in their electric vehicle market through 2022. The next vehicle to debut from this electric lineup is the all-new Mustang-inspired fully-electric SUV in 2020. This electric vehicle is expected to come with a range of 300 miles. In the next coming years there will also the highly anticipated electric F-150. In the mean-time, Ford drivers can find the company’s fourth-generation lithium-ion battery technology, similar to the energy storage system used on the Mustang Lithium, in the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer and Escape Hybrid SUVs. Stop in at Winner Ford Cherry Hill for a test drive today!

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