E a marca manteve o câmbio manual de seis marchas!

A Ford prepara a apresentação do SUV elétrico inspirado no Mustang para o dia 17 de novembro. Enquanto isso, a fabricante foi para o SEMA Show com algo bem peculiar: o Ford Mustang Lithium EV, um protótipo que trocou o motor V8 por uma unidade elétrica e duas coisas muito curiosas: tem mais de 900 cv de potência e o piloto pode controlar esta força com um câmbio manual de 6 marchas.

Galeria: Ford Mustang Lithium EV Concept

Imagens ao vivo: Gabriel Vega / Motor1.com

Para criar o Ford Mustang Lithium, a Ford fez uma parceria com a Webasto. Independente do que você possa achar dos carros elétricos, não dá para negar que esta é uma máquina muito rápida. Onde normalmente estaria o famoso V8 da marca, está um motor elétrico Phi-Power dual-core com dois inversores. Um sistema de bateria de 800V da Webasto fornece a energia e é capaz de entregar 1 megawatt de potência. Isso significa que ele tem o dobro da capacidade da maioria dos carros elétricos que estão à venda e, como tem só um motor, é mais leve e gera menos calor.

Talvez a melhor das notícias para os entusiastas é que a Ford combinou o motor elétrico a uma transmissão manual de 6 marchas. É uma versão modificada do Getrag MT82, alterada para aguentar os 138 kgfm de torque instantâneo. O diferencial Super 8.8 Torsen com eixos da Ford Performance conectam o motor com as rodas traseiras. Ainda traz suspensão e freios do Shelby GT350, para ajudar o esportivo nas curvas, além de um bodykit único.

Os fãs do Mustang podem até começar a se interessar por este carro, mas quem gosta dos elétricos deve estar achando estranho colocar uma transmissão manual. Como os EVs têm torque instantâneo, não faz muito sentido ficar trocando de marchas e, caso seja apenas para ajudar a controlar a aceleração, um câmbio automático faria mais sentido. Mas tem a graça de movimentar a alavanca. 

Ford Mustang Lithium - Imagens ao vivo
Ford Mustang Lithium

O projeto serve para adiantar a possibilidade de um Ford Mustang totalmente elétrico no futuro, além de demonstrar a tecnologia da Webasto. Enquanto isso, veremos o primeiro carro totalmente elétrico da Ford daqui a uma semana, quando ela revelará o esperado crossover inspirado no esportivo.

Fotos: divulgação e Motor1.com

Fonte: Ford
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Webasto and Ford Team Up for Mustang ‘Lithium’: Battery Electric
Muscle Car Lights-Up SEMA, Signals Future of Performance


 Built in collaboration between Ford and Webasto, Mustang Lithium project vehicle generates
more than 1000 ft.-lbs. of instant torque and more than 900 horsepower for new levels of
performance and technology with its 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive
technology

 Best of both worlds, Mustang Lithium accelerates the next generation of performance:
unique 6-speed manual shifting, track handling and stunning quarter-mile acceleration with
instant electric torque, and zero emissions

 Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2022, including an all-new
Mustang-inspired fully electric SUV in 2020 with targeted range of 300 miles and an allelectric F-150 in a few years, a hybrid version of the best-selling F-150 pickup available in
2020 will join all-new Ford Escape and Explorer hybrids launched this year


LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 05, 2019 – Ford and Webasto today reveal Mustang Lithium, an ultrahigh-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype. With more than 1,000 ft.-lbs. of
torque and more than 900 horsepower instantaneously available, this Mustang amps muscle car
performance to a new level and helps gauge the level of interest the next wave of performance
customers have in lightning-quick performance that only fully electric powertrains can deliver.


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.


“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates,” said
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. “This one-off
Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our
customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know
and love.”


An electrified street-ready beast, Mustang Lithium is low and sleek, with custom carbon fiber
body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels. Under
the hood, the differences are electrifying: a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power
inverters – all powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that
can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy.


At 800 volts, that’s twice the voltage of most electric cars on the road today. This allows the
system to be lighter, more powerful and generate less heat, and more electric force than most
battery-electric systems on the road today.

In a unique twist, Mustang Lithium features a manual transmission and uses a drag-strip proven
Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with billet internals to handle the
1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. Ford Performance half shafts and Super 8.8 Torsen® differential help
supply power to the road via lightweight Forgeline wheels wearing Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S
tires.


Additional features include Ford Performance’s Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace,
Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R, Sankuer Composite Technologies
side splitters and rear diffuser, plus Webasto hood with see-through polycarbonate windows,
TurboDX charging solution and TurboCord portable charger.


Mustang Lithium features a unique set of drive modes that apply a controlled amount of torque
for different driving scenarios including: Valet, Sport, Track and Beast, and are instantly
available on demand via a custom in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen display.


“Very similar to Ford’s push for vehicle electrification, this is an innovative way to further the
technologies we’re developing to enable vehicle electrification while creating a vision of how
cool the future of electric performance will be,” said Mark Denny, Webasto Customized
Solutions North America President and CEO.


Electric drive is essential to the future of Ford


For more than 20 years, Ford has brought electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the masses
and has produced more than 800,000 around the globe.


Ford is investing more than $11.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2022, including an all-new
Mustang-inspired fully electric SUV in 2020 with range of 300 miles and an all-electric F-150 in a
few years.


As Ford actively refreshes its lineup, the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer and Escape hybrid SUVs
feature the company’s fourth-generation lithium-ion battery technology, similar to the energy
storage system used on the Mustang Lithium. An F-150 Hybrid also arrives next year. More
than the instantaneous torque of these electric drive powertrains provide, greater levels of
torque management and driver control can be enabled, plus zero emissions.