Ford is an extended historical past in rallying with automobiles just like the Escort, Focus, and RS200, and now it is making use of that to the Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV.
Unveiled Thursday, the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally is a brand new efficiency mannequin designed for dirt-road driving. Adjustments begin with distinctive exterior styling, together with 19-inch white rally-style wheels, a rear spoiler impressed by the defunct Focus RS sizzling hatchback, a pair of spotlights within the grille, and racing stripes.
On the practical aspect, the Mach-E Rally wears 235/55R19 Michelin CrossClimate2 all-weather tires, which function a taller sidewall to assist present extra stability and grip on unfastened surfaces. The suspension can be raised 0.7 inch, and underbody safety was added to guard the motors from any unfastened gravel kicked up by wannabe rally drivers.
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally
The Rally makes use of a tuned model of the dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain from the Mustang Mach-E GT. Remaining numbers haven’t been confirmed, however Ford estimates 480 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. For reference, the Mach-E GT is rated at 480 hp and 634 lb-ft in Efficiency Version guise. Ford expects the Mach-E Rally to be faster than the GT Efficiency Version, which does 0-60 mph in a manufacturer-estimated 3.5 seconds, with higher sustained acceleration.
The 91-kwh battery pack utilized in different long-range variations of the Mach-E can be used right here. Ford is aiming for 250 miles of EPA vary, a bit lower than the 270-mile and 260-mile EPA rankings for the Mach-E GT and GT Efficiency Version, respectively. Ford is focusing on the identical DC fast-charging efficiency because the GT fashions, that means a 10-80% cost in 36 minutes with a most energy charge of 150 kw.
A RallySport drive mode permits for extra sideways motion, in addition to extra linear throttle response and new settings for the adaptive dampers. Over-the-air updates would possibly doubtlessly add extra modes—though with two motors, in all probability nothing fairly like the Tank Flip Rivian contemplated. The closest rival to the Mach-E Rally, really, might be the long-in-the-works rally-flavored automobile that Rivian reportedly nonetheless has within the works after its mass-market R2.
Rally fashions additionally get the identical 15.0-inch entrance brake rotors because the Mach-E GT and GT Efficiency Version, with red-painted Brembo calipers. Inside, the Mach-E Rally will get gloss white accents on the sprint, decrease steering wheel spokes, and backs of the entrance seats, with white distinction stitching for the latter.
Ford has been keen to indicate off the efficiency potential of the Mach-E. It beforehand constructed a one-off model with seven motors and 1,400 hp. However the Mach-E Rally will likely be one thing clients can really purchase. Ford estimates a base worth of round $65,000, with deliveries scheduled to begin within the 2024 calendar 12 months.