Ford has unveiled a new version of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV. The Mach-E Rally is a rally-inspired model aimed towards dirt roads and speed. The new model is a re-tuned version of the Mach-E GT powertrain, targeting 650 pound-feet of torque and 480 horsepower.
“Just a year ago, this was merely an idea, and what you see today is a testament to the passion and intense creativity of our Model e team. We have always explored new areas of performance, and the combination of a rally-tuned suspension, dual motor electric powertrain, and wicked styling makes the Mustang Mach-E Rally a different kind of performance vehicle that will excite customers chasing their next adventure.” –Donna Dickson, chief engineer, Mustang Mach-E
The new Mach-E Rally has a unique suspension that is 20mm higher than the GT models’ along with 385mm brake rotors with Brembo calipers. Its battery has 91 kWh of usable capacity and should have an EPA-rated range of 250 miles. It is DC fast charger ready and can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 36.5 minutes, Ford says.
Several aspects of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally pay homage to Ford’s racing teams, including white alloy rally-styled wheels (clad in Michelin CrossClimate2 tires), a dramatic rear spoiler (similar to the Focus RS), contrasting body mold accents, and built-in rally fog lamps on a unique front fascia. Two racing stripes and unique rally-inspired paint options are also a part of the Mach-E Rally’s homage. Other additions include protective under-shielding for off-road readiness and paint protection film on doors and fender arches. A recovery hook receiver is built into the front end of the Mach-E Rally.
Ford also developed a new RallySport drive mode for this model of the Mach-E. This mode adjusts the traction control to allow for more yaw (bigger slides) and a more linear throttle response for better control. This mode also improves drive quality on snow and slick on-road conditions.
To test the new Mach-E Rally, Ford built a new rally course at its Michigan Proving Ground. The course was designed by and used by rallycross veterans for real-world testing. Prototypes of the new Mach-E Rally then underwent 500-mile abusive tests on the course to prove durability.
Ford says it is targeting an MSRP of about $65,000 for the Mustang Mach-E Rally. It will enter showrooms in early 2024.
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