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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:29 AM

Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we're mad.

Source: TechCrunch

Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we’re mad.

Kirsten Korosec @kirstenkorosec / 3:27 pm EST • November 5, 2019

Ford wants the world to take notice of its plans for electric vehicles. And what better way than to build an all-electric Mustang fastback with a six-speed manual transmission?

And that has us angry over here because it’s a gigantic tease of a prototype that will never make it into production. Or least that’s what Ford is saying.

Ford and Webasto revealed Tuesday the “Mustang Lithium” high-performance battery electric vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas. The vehicle is a one-off, meaning this won’t hit the marketplace anytime soon, if ever.

Ford does say this electrified Mustang is more than just a prototype. It’s also a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies Webasto and Ford are creating for the growing e-mobility automotive segment. So maybe there is a chance?

The vehicle has a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system. The package produces 900 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, ensuring its muscle car status. The vehicle has custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels, according to Ford.

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Reply Ford built an electric Mustang with a manual transmission. And we're mad. (Original post)
Eugene Nov 6 OP
nykym Nov 6 #1
lapfog_1 Nov 6 #2
TreasonousBastard Nov 6 #3
pangaia Nov 6 #4
Miguelito Loveless Nov 6 #5
Cartoonist Nov 6 #6
CentralMass Nov 6 #7
Cartoonist Nov 6 #8
CentralMass Nov 6 #9
Cartoonist Nov 6 #10
EX500rider Nov 11 #15
Cartoonist Nov 11 #16
EX500rider Nov 11 #17
flotsam Nov 6 #12
Auggie Nov 6 #11
TreasonousBastard Nov 6 #13
Auggie Nov 7 #14
mahatmakanejeeves Monday #18

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:32 AM

1. Betcha Jay Leno

will get one.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:36 AM

2. 0-60 is likely "Ludicrous" level

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:48 AM

3. Will someone kindly explain the usefulness of a...

6 speed in a car that can break all US speed limits in 4 seconds.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:58 AM

4. small dicks

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:00 PM

5. So they can repeatedly fondly

a phallic object while going "Vroom! Vroom!"

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:25 PM

6. I will never buy a stick again

Why do they even make them?

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:40 PM

7. Some of us still drive and like nanual transmissions. Thouh i think this 900hp beast is a one off.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:46 PM

8. Why?

Do you still have one of those cranks on the front to turn over the engine to get it started?

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:46 PM

9. For a number of reasons. I enjoy driving with a manial transmission and I like the simplicity of the

design.
Manual transmissions are less expensive and at least in my experience last me the lifetime if the vehicle with little or no maintenance costs.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:50 PM

10. Huh?

Are we talking about the same thing? Simplicity? You've got a stick and an extra pedal. Ever had your clutch replaced? It ain't cheap

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:50 PM

15. Clutch replacement is WAY cheaper then automatic transmission replacement.

My last one was around $400 in my Focus, an AT will cost thousands.
And manuals usually have better gas mileage and acceleration.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 01:48 PM

16. I guess it depends on the car

My Ford Ranger sold the clutch as a kit for $700. Add labor to that. Add it a few more times as it needs to be replaced routinely. Most automatics last the life of the car.

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:21 PM

17. I guess it depends on what you consider "life of the car"

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:39 PM

12. Not now

but my first car did (1958 Triumph TR3).

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:56 PM

11. Sticks are good with smaller horsepower engines ...

a little more "oomph" when merging onto freeways and going up hills.

I believe (in theory) they get slightly better gas mileage.

Test drove a small 4 cylinder VW with manual and auto. No contest -- manual won out.

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Response to Auggie (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:42 PM

13. I agree that sticks are a lot more fun in some cases...

but I'm not sure I need to double clutch into a drift on my way to get a quart of milk.

I had 2 standard Beetles over the years and they were vastly superior to the oddball automatics VW insisted on foisting upon us. However, modern transmissions are nothing like that old 2 speed Powerglide I had in a '60s Malibu. Or like old Beetle slushboxes.

A modern 8 to 10 speed auto is incredibly smooth and actually gives better gas mileage. Downshifts are faster, too. And even the modern "rubber band" transmissions are becoming respectable.

Back to my original comment-- electric cars have so much low end torque that they often don't need much of a transmission at all.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 06:29 AM

14. This is an apples to oranges comparison ...

I bought my car 19 years ago. My Golf drive train has 220,000 miles on it after 19 years, and is on its second clutch. This little car is quite a trooper. I've never regretted the stick. The auto version with the same engine was a dog.

I agree with the electric assessment -- seems silly to offer a manual transmission.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:55 PM

18. I'm kind of confused myself.

Does this thing have one big electric motor going through a transmission that sends power mechanically to the wheels? Isn't that missing the whole point of electric cars?

I guess I need to read more about this.

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