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Ford Mustang Lithium EV: Live Photo Gallery

Although the Ford Mustang Mach-E is grabbing the lion’s share of attention when it comes to Blue Oval-branded EVs these days, those enthusiasts attracted to the Stang’s traditional two-door fastback body style might prefer the Mustang Lithium EV instead. Making its big debut at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang Lithium mates huge EV power and torque with aggressive Mustang styling and a three-pedal transmission to boot.

Created as a joint effort between Webasto and Ford, the Mustang Lithium draws motivation from an 800-volt Webasto battery pack, Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters. The specs are impressive, with 900 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque on tap, all with zero local emissions. Four individual drive modes are on board to meter out the power, including Valet, Sport, Track, and Beast.

Interestingly, the EV powertrain connects to a six-speed manual transmission, with a Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82, plus billet internals. The rest of the build includes Ford Performance half shafts and a  Super 8.8 Torsen differential.

The Mustang Lithium also looks the part of a futuristic sports car thanks to oodles of custom carbon components. To handle the power, this EV was equipped with lowered, track-tuned suspension, plus forged 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. In front, Brembo six-pot brakes from the Shelby GT350R throw the anchor.

“The Mustang Lithium build is not only a one-off prototype to showcase electrification on the world’s best-selling sports car but also a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies Webasto and Ford are creating for the growing e-mobility automotive segment,” reads the press release announcing the Mustang Lithium.

Looking ahead, Ford is investing over $11.5 billion into electric vehicles by 2022, adding new all-electric products like the Mustang Mach-E, as well as hybrid and all-electric versions of the F-150. As for spinning the Ford Mustang Lithium EV into a production vehicle, well, that remains to be seen.

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Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  1. George S

    I think Ford is taking a good approach out of the gates to the EV market, using successful products to launch into the EV world. But a new design vehicle and to call it a Mustang or a Mustang truck, I don’t think so.

  2. Jim Robertson

    I do like this! ….and a manual!!!

  3. Materialman

    An EV with a manual? I’m sure they will sell 2 or 3 at least.

  4. Paul B

    Hurry and produce this mustang lithium ev. I’m 73 and it “lites my fire”

    1. George S

      I’m 70 and just bought a new 2019 1SS Camaro convertible. 455 hp and it will lite your fire now with no wait. Hey, the wife likes it ?

  5. Jim Robertson

    Yep, it’s all funny until it gaps your LS POS!….. Don’t worry, If you’re a Ford person, You’ll still be able to buy it’s little brother GT 500.

    All they need now is a nice sound program with a nice cam chop! Wait, I think I’ve seen that movie!

  6. GaryB

    thats more like it Ford. Keep it up

  7. vbondjr1

    I feel like Ford has really given America the short end of the stick for a long time when it comes to their vehicles. I can honestly say that I’m glad Ford is startng to make vehicles like the Mach-E (wish they’d take the mustang name off of it) and cars like the C-Max, and I hope that they continue to push forward in the realm of electrification. I hope one day, we do get an electric sports car (not the mustang) and an electric F-150 based pickup truck (Atlas). A few years ago, Ford made this same mistake with the Taurus. Slapping it’s name on a crossover type vehicle (Taurus-X) and even the Ford Five Hundred for awhile before bringing the Taurus back to what it was and I feel that they’ve just done the same with the mustang Mach-E. Ford had a wonderful name for this new vehicle, the EVOS, and that’s what this should have been. Ford could easily have used that name and came out with a sports car called the Mach-3, which was a concept car Ford did back in 1993.
    The reason I started this off with saying that Ford has cheated us as Americans, is because we have not really experienced Ford the way that Europe and Australia have experienced Ford. Honestly, If ford wants to do something Global, they should get rid of Lincoln and offer the Vignale lineup on some of their American Vehicles. Vehicles like the Edge, the Explorer and the Expedition. Ford could save a ton of money offering Vignale trim levels on these vehicles, blending the European Vignale styling and equipment with some of the Lincoln equipment and calling it a day. Lincoln is a dead horse and it’s time to stop beating it. The Expedition is a way better looking vehicle and fitted with some of the stuff from the Navigator and some vignale trim pieces it would definitely sell. Same with the Explorer and the Edge. Ford Could easily restructure alot of things under the one Ford name and just have different branches under that same umbrella (Ford, Ford Electric, Ford Vignale line, Ford Performance Vehicles and Ford Trucks).
    Ford frustrates me because the company has so much potential and I feel like they’re wasting it by Chasing Elon Musk and Tesla and so many other things. Honestly, it’s super simple and the lineup could be so much better. Honestly, Ford could go global with the five branches I mentioned above and it would look something similar to this:
    Mondeo: Honestly, I don’t think Ford should abandon the car market altogether like it’s doing. It should just change up what it’s offering in the car market. Ford is testing a lifted Mondeo/Fusion wagon type vehicle and honestly, it should universally carry the Mondeo name. Utilizing the new CD6 platform with a latitudinal engine layout and all-wheel drive with an optional Hybrid powertrain, this should be the direction of the everyday commuter vehicle. A 1.0L Ecoboost Hybrid powertrain should be present in this car as the standard option along with a 1.5L Ecoboost I-3 Hybrid.

    Puma: Replacing the Ford Focus with the Puma would be a good idea and yes it should get a 2.0L Ecoboost ST variant that gives the model a sporty performance package without placing it the Ford Performance Vehicle Realm. Its main engines should be the 1.0L Ecoboost Hybrid and the 1.5L Ecoboost Hybrid with AWD standard on this vehicle as well.

    Ecosport: Unlike the Sporty Puma, the utilitarian Ecosport is meant to be more upright and frugal. small wheels, narrow tires, a 1.0L Ecoboost hybrid and non-hybrid engine should be the only two options with a standard AWD on both vehicles, not a lot of options on this vehicle, just keep it simple an under the $25K mark even a its most loaded level and the car will be fine as is.

    Escape: it’s fine as is

    Edge: Although I’m sure the Edge will get an update soon, the Edge is pretty decent as is. I personally would add a little more performance to the Edge ST, giving it everything the Focus RS had including the 350hp 2.3L Ecoboost and a manual option, Recaro seats, a better ST interior and a few other things but that would be about it.

    Explorer: Finally, Good job Ford!!!! The explorer is good. Damn good. fix the few kinks and you have a winner here. Just do yourselves a favor. Give the pedestrian explorer the 2.3L Ecoboost w/ 350hp/350tq and you have a good enough SUV.

    Everest: America needs the Everest. I know the Bronco is coming but let me explain why America needs the Everest. The Bronco should be an off roader with street manners, The Everest should be a truck based street SUV that can off road. when the situation calls for it. Drop in the 3.0L 400hp V6 Ecoboost with a 10-speed behind it. Give it every trim level the Ranger has (minus a raptor, but include a Wild Trak) and call it a day.

    Expedition: Ford’s Sexiest SUV ever. The front of this thing is so perfect it’s almost disgusting how beautiful it is. Better than anything Cadillac has ever done yet. Give it the full 450hp 3.5L Ecoboost and the thing rocks!

    Ford Vignale

    Mondeo: Ford already has a Mondeo Vignale in europe (lucky bastards!) take all of that plus some lincoln black label stuff and put it in a Ford and sell it!

    Edge: Same as above

    Explorer: Same as above

    Expedition: Same as above.

    Ford Electric

    Mach 3: as anyone who has ever read any of my post knows, I’m not too big of a fan of electric vehicles. I like V8 gasoline performance vehicles. However, this 900hp Electric mustang with a stick is too good not to appreciate and too good for ford not to make. However, I personally don’t think it should be called a Mustang because of what the mustang is and what it stands for and what it means to its fans. As I said above in 1993 Ford made a mustang concept called the Mach-3. It was a goofy, bulbly SN95 concept roadster car that never made production. a 900hp electric sports car with a manual option will probably feel like your traveling at Mach-3 so hey, why not.

    EVOS Mach-E: Dont get me wrong I think the Current Mach-E is a decent looking car. THE EVOS LOOKED WAY BETTER!!!!! From Every single angle the EVOS was a better looking vehicle than the Mach-E. I say blend the current Mach-E front end with everything else from the EVOS and call it the EVOS MAch-E and everyone would be happy. No one would complain at all. Give it all of the packages the current Mach E was going to get including whatever the Shelby Version was going to be but just dont call it a Shelby and give it the 900hp electric power plant! All of the electric fans will rejoice. Even I would consider having something like that in the collection as long as I have my gasoline cars!

    ATLAS: Yes, I know the Atlas Concept is what the New F150 is based off of but everything about the concept was so stinking cool and the thought of having all of that cool with an Electric power plant deserves a different name than just calling it the F150-E. Sorry, that is so typical and so boring!!!! I feel like with something like this, people wouldn’t balk at the thought of a 14″ touch screen, a new digital floating instrument cluster, the LED lights in the bed, a unique grille and lights, Atlas specific wheels and all the other stuff the truck would do. Yeah technically it would be just an electric F150 but there is alot in the name. To have this truck you would expect a unique interior, specific to an electric vehicle, people wouldn’t automatically feel like I’m getting an electric F150 and feel reserved about it. It’s psychological.

    Ford Performance: Now here is the section I’ve been dying to give my ideas about!

    Mustang: First and foremost, It’s time to DROP THE SHELBY NAME! Now that I got that out of the way, I’m seriously looking forward to see what Ford has in store for the CD6 Mustang. Now I know alot of Mustang faithful people are going to get upset if they read this but it’s time to do something way different! I would say keep the 2.3L Mustang and make it the Mustang LX and drop the ecoboost name off of it and just make it 350hp/350tq. As far as the GT is concerned, my thoughts are to drop the 5.0L from the GT and put the 3.5L Ecoboost in it’s place. Now. before all the mustang guys get upset, read on. As it stands, the current 3.5L Ecoboost engine in the Ford Raptor makes 450hp/510lb-ft of torque, the current mustang GT makes 460hp and 420lb-ft of torque. Taking the Raptor ecoboost V6, adding a different set of turbo manifolds, a different intake system and a few other things here and there and the 3.5L ecoboost could not only have a better sound (via a tuned exhaust to give the car more of the Ford GT sound) but also make 460hp and still have the 510lb-ft of torque, backed by either a 10-speed auto or a 7-speed DCT with a Focus RS derived AWD suspension, Brembo brakes and everything else. Meanwhile, the Mustang Cobra would get a Supercharged 5.0L V8 pumping out 700hp with bits and pieces from the GT500 and GT350 in braking, chassis and suspension along with some of the aerodynamic upgrades but with the regular GT front fascia with the PP2 front splitter. Being that these cars fall under the Ford Performance umbrella, there would be no electric or hybrid variants needed as Ford would have all of the Electric cars under the electric umbrella and the hybrid cars under the regular ford umbrella.

    Falcon: Ford did us dirty when they did not give us the same cool sedans they gave to Australia. NOT FAIR FORD!!! NOT AT ALL!!!!! With Ford now having the CD6 and planning to put the Mustang on the CD6 platform, it’s time Ford made a Universal CD6 Falcon and give it to us as well in both Sedan and UTE form. The base cars should come with the 350hp 2.3L Ecoboost, a Typhoon version should come with a 460hp 3.5L Ecoboost V6 and a top of the line Falcon Boss GT with the 700hp 5.0L Supercharged V8 should be available world wide with the same type of equipment (per trim level) as the Mustang. That would be awesome!

    Explorer RS: The Explorer ST is nice but Ford needs to stop playing and give us a 460hp/510tq 3.5L Ecoboost RS Explorer with all the performance goodies. Doesn’t need a V8, just a ground stomping Ecoboost 3.5L with a 10-speed auto, AWD, Focus RS derived driveline, big Brembo brakes, Aero upgrades, suspension and chassis upgrades and everything else.

    Bronco: Like I said earlier, the Bronco needs to be an off road vehicle with street manners. An SUV meant for Crawling, hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. This isn’t a dune jumper or anything else, this is a woodland off road vehicle. A 3.0L Diesel and a 2.7L Ecoboost V6 are all this truck needs.

    Ranger Raptor: The Ranger version of the Bronco.

    F150 Lightning: 700hp 5.0L, 10-speed auto, lowered, magnetic ride, performance suspension and chassis, multiple cab configurations, short bed, independent rear suspension, upgraded aerodynamics, aggressive, loud and fun, blacked out grille, blacked out lights, new lightning badges and emblems, etc. Hot rod street truck

    F150 Raptor: Keep the 450hp Ecoboost engine. Honestly, the raptor is cool as is!

    F250 Tremor: GODZILLA engine, Raptor like suspension, set up for Mudding, crawling, camping, hiking, working, fishing, hunting, etc. free flowing exhaust stacks, snorkel intake, body armor, skid plates, 35″ tires, 4″ lift, rock slider frame rails and steps, etc. make it a truck.

    Ford Trucks

    Ranger: Best small truck on the market, period. Honestly, make it look a bit more F150 like both inside and outside, drop the 2.3L for the 2.7L V6, add a 3.0L diesel and the truck is perfect.

    F150: best truck on the market. Honestly I hate to say it but I think the F150 should have three engine options. a 3.0L diesel, a 3.0L Ecoboost (400hp/415tq) and the 3.5L Ecoboost (450hp/510tq) Honestly those two engines right there would outdo everything else on the market right now and get great gas mileage with the 10-speed behind them. Make everything either 4×4 or AWD and Ford wins the market hands down. I would like to see them get to Ram levels of comfort and quality on the interior of their trucks though. Other than that, the truck is perfect.

    F-Series Super Duty: For the most part, the F-Series super duty is flawless. Just up the comfort level to equal or surpass Ram and make a Power Stroke V8 out out power and out torque the Cummins and we’re good. Partner with Caterpillar and put out a 600hp/1100lb-ft 7.4L Turbo diesel with an Allison 10-speed. Now that would be monstrous!!!!!!!

    Obviously, these are all just my opinions but I think it would work great for Ford to revamp their company this way. It gets rid Lincoln, still gives a luxury line, simplifies the lineup, has something for everyone, very few V8 engines which would be great for CAFE and all of that stuff, still offers some V8 engines where they’re needed and honestly added balance to the company.

    1. George S

      Well, with enough money Ford and others could do anything but where to invest in future products is sometimes a crystal ball chase. But Tesla has proved there is a growing EV market and approximately 300,000 sales since 2015 is that much less Fords, FCA, and GM customers that may have been lost.
      Anything is possible and manufactures have to pursue the EV development. Who knew that one day we be walking around with a Dick Tracy watch. That was pre Star Trek and was the envy of ever kid to have one. Now go on line and buy Smart Watches anywhere at anytime. It’s all sales lost to Citizen and Seiko alike. Look what happen to RCA, one of the most successful American companies, they stayed too long with old technology and then they could not catch up.
      I myself love the ICE vehicles but at 70 me and many baby boomers will be dying off and I look at my two granddaughters. They run circles around me with their iPhones and iPads and the need to plug in everyday to charge up. Having an EV with a touch screen and need to charge it most days will just feel normal.

  8. Jim Robertson

    Wasn’t Fords doing concerning cars in Europe. You’re all wrong there. It was the American EPA. Ford has made great cars.


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