Remember the crazy rumors circulating a few months ago that Ford was making a Raptor-inspired Mustang? It turns out that they might not have been entirely wrong. This is the Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, a version of Ford’s EV crossover that leans into gravel track looks, and it’s been unveiled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Ford claims the Mustang Mach-E Rally to be its “first rally-inspired electric SUV,” a claim that involves a hell of a lot of qualifiers. I mean, I’m the first Canadian with an old BMW and outdated taste in music to write for The Autopian, but that’s whatever. However, Ford is clearly leaning into its rally heritage with this unique Mustang Mach-E variant, so even with few details, let’s take a look.
Since everyone knows that the grille on the front of the GT model is just a bit of tacked-on styling rather than a functional piece, Ford saw it fit to stick some lights in there for the Mustang Mach-E Rally. Admittedly, I have absolutely no complaints with the regular LED headlights, so perhaps these two round lamps contain the power of two collapsed suns.
Besides the extra illumination, Ford has endowed the Mustang Mach-E Rally with a front tow hook, unpainted flares and mud flaps, a wing that looks straight off of a Focus RS, and a set of wheels befitting a ‘90s WRC tribute. Intriguingly, there’s no exposed tow hook on the back, so if you stuff it, be sure to go in ass-backwards. Look, it’s still a Mustang, which means it should still comply with tomfoolery.
On the inside, a nice set of high-back seats similar to those in the Mustang Mach-E GT should keep the driver reasonably held during “Hey y’all, watch this!” maneuvers, and the level of specification appears high. The snazzy uplevel B&O sound system makes an appearance, as do sueded door card inserts. How chic.
Under the proverbial hood sits a, well, I have no idea actually. Ford isn’t saying whether or not the Rally gets five out of five chilis on the electric Mustang heat scale, but it’s definitely electric. In fact, Ford’s only released four short paragraphs on this car that say almost nothing, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. However, we can clearly see a knobbly set of all-terrain tires that seem substantially more suited to unpaved excursions than the road-focused rubber on every other Mustang Mach-E.
Think of the Mustang Mach-E Rally as where the Focus RS meets the Explorer Timberline, a little bit of rough and tumble posturing mixed with the kick of electric torque and megaphone-loud rally throwback touches. The craziest part? This isn’t a one-off. Starting this autumn, you’ll actually be able to order one. Expect to hear a lot more about mechanical details and pricing once the leaves start to turn.
(Photo credits: Ford)
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