A real need for speed! Ford to showcase three performance cars at Goodwood SpeedWeek
• Ford to showcase at least three cars at the Goodwood SpeedWeek.
• The debuts will be shown to a virtual audience.
• The Mustang Mach-E 1400 produces 1045kW).
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This weekend is the Goodwood Speedweek, and Ford will also be showcasing several of its product to the virtual audience.
Ford's Mustang Mach-E 1400 and Puma ST will make their European debuts this weekend. They will be driven by Vaughn Gittin Jr.: RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver.
The new Puma ST is the first Ford Performance SUV in Europe - enhanced with sophisticated Sports Technologies including a unique-in-segment limited-slip differential (LSD) option, patented force vectoring springs and selectable Drive Modes from Eco to Track.
Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager, Europe said: "This is a really exciting time for Ford Performance. We are exploring how electrification can bring a whole new level of fun with projects like Mustang Mach-E 1400, and at the same time we are delivering for new customers with Puma ST the accessible, everyday performance that is the core of what we do."
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 (MotorPress)
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 uses seven motors to deliver 1419 PS (1045kW), with a single driveshaft connecting them to differentials that have a vast range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing.
Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configurations are all possible, and power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or entirely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 1000kg at 257km/h.
The Puma ST implements a 147kW turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine and can go from 0 - 100km/h in 6.7 seconds. The performance-optimised chassis features a rear twist beam with 50% more torsional stiffness than the standard Puma, 25% faster steering, and brake diameters increased by up to 17%. Specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres are used to achieve the most agile Ford SUV driving experience yet, according to Ford.
Muenzinger said: "Our number one priority was that the Puma ST had to be as exhilarating and capable as every ST model, without sacrificing any of Puma's practicality."
Ford Puma ST (MotorPress)
STARD Fiesta ERX
Motorsport is not left behind, and Ford will showcase its STARD Fiesta ERX, too. This car will compete in the Drift Competition.
The Fiesta ERX is a full-electric rallycross car based on the Fiesta ST and developed by rally and racing specialists STARD to meet FIA World Rallycross Championship's Projekt ERX regulations.
Three electric motors produce more than 441kW and more than 1000Nm of torque combined, sent to the wheels via a four-wheel-drive system and two-speed transmissions at each axle for 0 - 100km/h acceleration in an astonishing 1.8sec and a top speed of 240km/h. Complying with World RX regulations, the Fiesta ERX is available to buy in race-ready form.
STARD Ford Fiesta ERX (MotorPress)
Compiled by: Charlen Raymond