If the Ford Mustang ever goes full electric, a car debuting Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas might give a few clues to the mechanical layout and performance.
The Mustang Lithium, created by supplier Webasto — best known for its sunroofs — features a 900-hp electric motor that sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. It features an 800-volt battery pack designed by Webasto and slotted in the floor of the car.
Ford says the car will be used to test battery and thermal management technologies both companies are working on.
"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 can be," said Mark Denny, president of Webasto Customized Solutions North America.
Styling touches include a hood with see-though polycarbonate windows, side splitters and rear diffusers. The car has five drive modes and a custom dash with a 10.4-inch screen. To handle the 1,000 pound-feet of torque, the Getrag MT82 six-speed manual transmission is equipped with beefier internal parts designed for the drag strip. The Mustang Lithium rolls on lightweight 20-inch wheels.
Major performance figures, including the driving range between charges, were not disclosed.