Ford Mustang Mach-E gets Shelby treatment for SEMA
Ford isn’t holding back for the SEMA Show 2021. We’ve seen various Bronco builds before, but the Blue Oval brand will also feature a line of F-Series trucks, smaller Ranger and Maverick concepts, a pair of custom Mustang projects, and , particularly interesting in this article, a trio of electric Mach-E Mustang Crossovers. And yes, one of them is a Shelby.
Before jumping into the hornets’ nest of a Shelby Mustang electric crossover, here’s a quick look at the Mach-E fleet at SEMA. In addition to the Shelby Concept, there is a modified GT model seeking top speed glory for a good cause. There’s also an eye-catching California Route One that’s being criticized for the SoCal scene. Let’s take a closer look at them all.
Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation Mustang Mach-E GT AWD
It’s quite a name for a car, but this Mach-E GT exists for two very specific reasons. The first is speed, as it will attempt a top speed run at 200 mph during Bonneville Speed Week 2022. There is no mention of powertrain modifications to make it happen, but the car has a carbon fiber front splitter and a large wing. Such elements usually slow a car down in a speed race, but improved wheels, suspension and brakes will help keep it in check. Once the event is over, the car will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation – the second specific reason for its existence.
Shelby Mustang Mach-E GT Concept
The moment we knew was coming is not here again. This Shelby-branded striped Mach-E GT is just a concept, but Ford says it’s a preview of what could come from the holy house of upgraded Mustangs. And what do we see? It sports a new aerodynamic front fascia that borrows design cues from the Shelby GT500. It also has flared fenders, a custom hood, and you can’t have a Shelby Mustang without the Shelby branding clearly visible inside and out. On the performance side, there’s obviously no V8 to supercharge, but Shelby tweaks the suspension and adds 20-inch Monoblock wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires.
Tjin Mustang Mach-E California Route One Edition
Created by famous Californian designer Neil Tjin, the orange finish of this low Mach-E is not lacking. Custom air suspension provides ground clearance, with six-piston brakes and 22-inch Vossen wheels absolutely filling the wheel arches of the EV. The green accents in the custom headlights pull your eyes out of their sockets more, but there are also some cool EV features involved. Solar panels on the roof charge a rear-mounted green electric bike. Combined with a custom white leather interior and LED lights, it’s a celebration of California compact car culture.
These custom Mach-E creations will join a plethora of other Ford offerings at the SEMA 2021 show, November 2-5 in Las Vegas.