Who doesn't love American V8s? They're loud, have loads of torque, and stick to the tried-and-tested 'no replacement for displacement' way of making horsepower. But is there another way of making muscle cars run faster without using V8 engines? Enter Charge Cars, a UK-based company that showed that there is actually indeed a replacement, electric power.
After showing what they're capable of late last year, Charge Cars is set to publicly debut a working prototype at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The special occasion will mark the company's global launch, as well as signify their presence in the EV market.
“We are extremely proud to be partnering with Michelin to unveil our fully electric Mustang at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; one of the biggest, most exciting motorsport events in the world. Our fully electric Mustang is built not only on cutting edge technology and expertise, but immense passion – from our love of preserving iconic design to our belief in an emission-free future,” said Vadim Shagaleev, CEO of Charge Cars.
Now while it may seem like sacrilege to put electric motors on a classic muscle car, do remember that Charge Cars do not use authentic classic Mustangs for their EVs. Instead, they use officially licensed body shells that look like the real thing. This allowed Charge Cars to keep the iconic looks of the original Mustang without having to actually use pre-existing examples.
Propelling the all-electric Mustang are four electric motors that are placed on each wheel, giving it four-wheel drive. Despite not having a V8, it has a total system output 544 PS along with a stump-pulling 1200 Nm of torque. This makes the EV faster and more powerful than your typical Mustang GT which already makes 466 PS and 570 Nm of torque from its Coyote V8.
Providing the necessary juice to make it work is a 64 kWh battery pack which gives it a maximum range of over 320 km. And with torque readily available as soon as you step on the accelerator, Charge Cars claims it can go from 0 – 97 km/h in as little as 3.99 seconds before reaching a top speed of 240 km/h.
Aside from its supercar-like performance figures, this electric pony car also comes with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which will allow drivers to reign in all that electric power on the open road.
Only 499 examples of this all-electric Mustang will be built, with prices starting at a cool £300,000 (about Php 19.62 million).
While Charge Cars did not say whether they'll make the climb in Goodwood come next week, it would be a sight to see indeed. Imagine seeing an old-school muscle car climb the 1.86 km track relatively quiet, with only the tires (and electric motors) making all the noise.