Electric Ford Mustang Lithium Hits the SEMA Show in Las Vegas

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Interestingly it has a six-speed manual gearbox.

The vehicle, called the "Lithium" and developed in conjunction with Webasto, touches down ahead of Ford's upcoming 'Mach E' fully-electric Mustang-inspired SUV, due to be unwrapped at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.

Ford has pitched the Lithium as a "testbed for battery and thermal management technologies", but also as an "electrified street-ready beast". Most electric cars come with a single-speed transmission, while the Taycan bucks the trend with a two-speed automatic transmission. According to Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer Hau Thai-Tang, the one-of-one prototype was built to showcase "what new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a vehicle they already know and love".

Called the Mustang Lithium, the one-off prototype is a proof of concept and a demonstration of the efforts Ford is putting into its electric future - a future it will have pumped $11.5 billion into by 2022.

While Tesla has its Ludicrous mode, Ford has introduced its own version: Beast.

While Ford didn't release any performance numbers for the Lithium, one feature should spark the interest of vehicle enthusiasts: a six-speed manual transmission.

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The Mustang has a six-speed manual, a drag-strip version of a Getrag MT82 with billet internals that can handle that half-ton of terrifying torque.

The Mustang Lithium is dropped 25mm lower than the standard Mustang GT and rides on 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

Under the bonnet where you'd usually find the 5.0-litre V8 sits a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor with dual power inverters.

The auto is based on the 2020 Ford Mustang GT but tuning of the familiar 5.0-liter V-8, namely the addition of a supercharger, has seen output dialed up to 775 horsepower and 670 pound-feet of torque.

Add to this Ford Performance's Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace, Brembo six-piston front brakes from the Shelby GT350R, side splitters and rear diffuser from Sankuer Composite Technologies, and Webasto hood with transparent polycarbonate windows, and you've got one mean lean racing machine.

The vehicle that was teased recently ahead of its November debut is not destined for Australia. Then there'll be the all-electric F-150.

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