Now, here’s a powertrain combination we don’t see every day. Ford, in collaboration with Webasto, have put together the Mustang Lithium which features Webasto’s 800-volt battery technology with a six-speed manual transmission. The electric powertrain fitted to the Mustang Lithium here outputs “more than 900 hp” and 1,000 lb ft (1,355 Nm) of torque, which is sent to a Calimer version of a Getrag MT82 six-speed gearbox.

The Mustang Lithium driveline incorporates Ford Performance half-shafts and a Super 8.8 Torsen differential, putting power to the road via Forgeline wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. Other components of note include the Ford Performance Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace, Brembo six-piston brakes from the Shelby GT350R, Sankuer Composite Technologies side splitters and rear diffuser, along with Webasto hood with polycarbonate windows, TurboDX charging solution and TurboCord portable charger.

The use of an 800-volt battery system allows the setup to be lighter, more powerful and generate less heat in use, the company said. The Mustang Lithium was built not just to showcase electrification with the world’s best-selling sports car, but also to serve as a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies that Webasto and Ford are creating for the e-mobility segment, Ford said.

“Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates. This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love,” said chief product development and purchasing officer at Ford, Hau Thai-Tang.

Unique drive modes are employed in the Mustang Lithium in order to apply a controlled amount o torque for different driving scenarios, says Ford; these include Valet, Sport, Track and Beast, are are accessible from a customised in-dash 10.4-inch touchscreen display.

Ford have not revealed performance or battery range figures for the Mustang Lithium, though it said that the EV study was built to gauge customer interest in the next generation of fully electric powertrains. There is a Mustang-inspired EV still to come, namely the ‘Mach 1’ that was teased initially and is slated for launch on November 17. This production EV crossover will be made in Mexico, and a dedicated business unit has been set up in Corktown, Detroit at a cost of approximately $740 million, Automotive News reported in March.