Sooner or later almost all sports cars will have to throw in the towel and adapt to changing times by replacing the fuel tank with a nice lithium-ion battery pack; that’s what’s happening to the MustangFord’s iconic American muscle car that in recent years has been reborn in a new 100% electric guise with the name of Mustang Mach-E.
Carwow’s Youtube channel has decided to compare the model ‘GT‘of the new Mustang Mach-E with a Mustang GT pushed by a good old one instead V8 5.0-liter petrol engine which, after the specific preparation received by the British company of Clive Sutton, is able to dispense well 490 horses And 530 Nm of torque. By contrast, the 100% electric model of the Mustang Mach-E is equipped with 2 electric motorsone for each axis, for a total power of 487 horses And 860 Nm of torque.
Taking into consideration these technical data it seems that there is no history for the Mustang V8, it is important, however, to underline some further technical aspects that justify the results obtained during the tests: first of all the weightwith the Mach-E towering over a 2198 kgagainst the 1740 kg of the endothermic Mustang GT, but also the transmission difference, where the “classic” Mustang has an advantage thanks to the presence of a 10-speed gearbox – while the Mach-E GT is not equipped with a gearbox and can only accelerate to its maximum speed.
In the first few launches from standstill the Mach-E GT immediately detached the V8, benefiting from an instant and decidedly higher torque, but with the approach of the finish line the V8 was able to get closer to the electric Mustang; in subsequent attempts the V8 got closer and closer, until it managed a good enough start to overtake the Mach-E along the quarter mile. Same result with the moving start, even when the starting speed was chosen specifically to favor the electric Mustang: despite the sudden acceleration, the V8 combined with the 10-speed gearbox proved to be faster anyway, to the delight of the petrol heads who still today are indignant to see the good name of the Mustang used for an electric car.
In recent months, we at Tom’s have also had the opportunity to test the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Mustang Mach-1 powered by a 460 horsepower V8 engine.