Electric Mustang Fastback Passes the Burnout Test
There’s no replacement for displacement but electric power does a great job of roasting tires, too.
Some things are just classic. Think blue jeans, a good cheeseburger, or a first-generation Ford Mustang fastback. Consider this black beast a classic with a twist. Actually, make that a couple.
This short and sweet video shows a Mustang fastback doing something all Mustangs were meant to do: burning out and generating a huge cloud of tire smoke. Classic stuff, right? Right. But this ‘Stang is not as old-fashioned or even American as it looks.
It’s made by a company called Charge. No, they’re not based in California or some obscure part of the U.S. where you might not picture a boutique car company manufacturing limited-run customs. Charge is a British company based in London that proves Mustang love spans the width of entire oceans. It knows a thing or two about making performance cars. According to Charge’s website, “Our engineers contributed to various projects for Williams F1, McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover.”
Charge uses a different approach to achieve that performance in this Mustang, though. Instead of installing a crate engine and bolting on a supercharger or twin-turbo setup, they do away with a gas engine altogether and go fully electric.
Charge fitted their ultra-modern Mustang with electric motors and a 64-kWh battery pack. They claim peak power of 402 horsepower (300 kW), 885 lb-ft (1,200 Nm) of motor torque, and 5,532 lb-ft (7,500 Nm) of wheel torque. The Mustang can route its power through just its rear wheels or all four. Flat out, it can zap to 62 mph (100 kph) in just 3.09 seconds. On a full charge of 50 kW DC juice, it’s able to cover 200 miles (no word on how much of that range this burnout done in the name of development testing ate up).
The interior features slick modern digital screens, including a massive center display, and a variety of available materials, such as carbon fiber, leather, suede, brushed aluminum, and natural wood.
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Charge is currently accepting orders for its all-electric Mustang, but has capped production at 499. Prices start just north of $260,000 (£200,000). Finished cars will start going out to customers in September…which is probably when drag races with Tesla Model Ss will also begin.