Ford teases a dirt-ready Mustang Mach-E

Max McDee, 11 July 2023

The concept of off-road-ready electric vehicles seems to be no longer just a pipe dream. Ford, with its latest video teaser, is painting an intriguingly muddy picture with an upcoming variant of the ever-so-popular Mustang Mach-E.

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023, Ford is planning to pull up with a bouquet of Mustang breeds, ready to stir the air with something yet unseen - a Mustang Mach-E that's traded its urban asphalt manners for a slightly wilder spirit. No static show-off, this new version of the Mach-E is set to flaunt its ‘driving potential’, however ambiguous that might sound.

The video teaser reveals this new Mach-E model is no traditional pony. As the Mustang abandons the tarmac for a dirt track, it hints at a rather audacious identity – could this be a rally-ready configuration of a Mach-E GT, sporting a raised suspension and all-wheel drive?

Well, Ford isn't spilling any beans on the ‘how’. The new Mach-E incarnation is swathed in a colorful livery and appears to have grown a set of off-road-ready tires, looking quite prepared to let sparks fly as it bounds over rougher terrain. And let's not overlook the spruced-up GT body kit, complete with a larger rear spoiler and a different blocked grille.

Ford teases a dirt-ready Mustang Mach-E

At this point, we might well be dealing with an electric mule on a mission. But will it join the Mustang family as a legitimate member, or simply be a showpiece like the seven-motor, drift-happy Mustang Mach-E 1400 with its ludicrous 1,400-horsepower punch? Or maybe follow the footprints of the Mustang Lithium with its muscle-flexing over 900 horsepower?

Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, assures that this new creation carries the Mustang's spirit. The elusive Mach-E model will share the Goodwood limelight with the Mustang GT3, the road-legal Dark Horse, and the Ford Explorer EV, all set to make their dynamic debuts. But the real cake-topper could be the M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1, celebrating 50 golden years of FIA's World Rally Championship.

Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1

All said, as we await July 14, Ford's attempt at a fresh variant of the Mustang Mach-E promises an interesting shift in the electric vehicle narrative. Will it be a game-changer or just a dressed-up Mach-E? The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just around the corner and we’ll be paying extra attention to the new off-road Mech-E.



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