It's not often you get to watch an EV do a burnout.
Ford Performance created two EV monsters last year: the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. Both are performance bred with massive amounts of power. So why not put the two on a drag strip and make a fun video out of it.
Before I get to the quarter-mile numbers, let's see what kind of powertrain these crazy EV prototypes are packing.
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 has a peak power output of 1,400 horsepower thanks to seven motors:
"Three are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials, which have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing."
The Mustang Cobra 1400 produces 1,502 peak wheel horsepower and has four motors:
"Ford Performance collaborated with Cascadia Motion to power the Cobra Jet 1400. With four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to a pair of DS-250-115s, giving four motors total and spinning at up to 10,000 revolutions per minute. These motor-inverter packages run at 800 volts and up to 700 amps, with maximum output of 350kW per motor."
The first race wasn't close even though the Mach-E got the jump. The Cobra Jet took off like a jet from an aircraft carrier. It had great traction and lifted the front wheels a little. The Mach-E ran the quarter-mile in 10.48 seconds at 136.2 mph. The Cobra Jet crushed that time with an 8.47 run at a blistering 168.0 mph.
The second race was closer because the Cobra Jet performed a little burnout when it launched, allowing the Mach-E to get in front. But the Mach-E's lead didn't last long, the Cobra Jet zoomed by and got a time of 10.71 seconds at 158.8 mph. The Mach-E was right behind with a time of 10.78 seconds at 134.6 mph.