It was inevitable. The deadliest electric vehicle of tires to roll off the halls of RTR and Ford Performance has finally had to meet with Ford’s tire repair chief Ken Block. This reunion happened ASAP, and understandably a video crew was there to capture all the smoky action with Block driving the Mental Mustang Mach-E 1400.
Ken Block’s YouTube channel has the video, which also features Ford professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. who already has some siege time in the monster EV Mustang. In fact there is of them Monster Mustangs at this show, as Block brought his very non-electric Hoonicorn for an EV-ICE comparison. That’s a pretty good comparison, as both vehicles turn all four wheels with 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) starting under the hood.
Or rather, the Hoonicorn has its power under the hood. In case you missed the Mach-E 1400’s debut, it actually uses seven engines – three stacked in the front and four in the rear. This arrangement allows for a very wide range of power management for a variety of performance applications, whether it’s racing, drifting, or just ripping mindless donuts. In fact, the Mach-E 1400 can reverse the wheels to one side of the car for the most vomiting-inducing automotive spin cycle imaginable. Unfortunately, we don’t see this feature tested in this video.
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However, we make see all kinds of tire smoke. With Gittin Jr. in the passenger seat offering advice, Block puts the Mach-E 1400 to the test. He seems rightfully impressed with the immediacy of the torque, and with a few tries behind the wheel, he begins to tear up aggressive powerlides like a pro. His biggest fit between the Mach-E 1400 and the Hoonicorn seems to be noise, as he mentions how crazy it is to have that kind of power without sound. Apparently, the intense howling of electric motors is not a sound, or rather it is not a sound that normally accompanies such a prolific thrust.
This is where the Hoonicorn comes in, and with the daylight quickly fading, the tables are turned. Block takes the passenger seat as Gittin Jr. first samples the very loud Hoonicorn. Yes, the power is fantastic but the flames spewing from the hood seem to be more memorable here. This is something you definitely won’t experience with the Mach-E 1400.
At this point, we forced ourselves to ask. If these two cars were at your disposal for an afternoon of free tire smoking, which one would you choose?