The Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 debuted in July as the automaker’s demonstration of what was possible for a performance electric car. While the company was open on details like 1,400 horsepower (1,011 kilowatts) and battery capacity of 56.8 kilowatt hours, the company did not disclose the torque output. Now a video of Donut Media break things down to figure it out.
The Mach-E 1400 uses seven three-phase AC electric motors – three at the front and four at the rear. These compact crepe-style units each measure just 10.7 centimeters wide and are stackable. This facilitates their positioning in the vehicle.
Each of these engines is capable of making a peak of 215 horsepower (160 kilowatts). However, they operate at 96% efficiency for a total maximum power of 1,445 hp (1,077 kW). This video puts the number at 1,461 hp (1,089 kW), but it stems from an incorrect conversion rate to claim that one kilowatt equals 1.36 hp, when it is actually 1.341 hp. The small change makes the difference.
Although Ford has not disclosed the total torque output, it’s fairly easy to find out by looking at the engine supplier’s website. Each YASA P400 R has a maximum torsion of 273 lb-ft (370 Nm). For seven of them, this represents a total of 1,910 lb-ft (2,590 Nm). Considering the efficiency of 96% indicates that the Mach-E 1400 has 1,834 lb-ft (2,486.4 Nm).
To power all of these engines, there are 56.8 kilowatt hours of lithium-ion batteries. They weigh around 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms).
Ford is using the Mach-E 1400 as a platform for testing electric vehicles. “When you take it to the extreme like that, you learn so much, and we can bring that back into our company and help make our road cars even better” – said Mark Rushbrook, global motorsport director of Ford. Inside EVs.