Ladies and gentlemen!...stop your petrol engines!.....literally! For those that have been hibernating during 2017, Ford has officially announced that a hybrid Mustang will debut in the 2020 production year. Intuitively, when enthusiasts first think of hybrid vehicles they envision the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Volt, and start to cringe at the mere thought of a battery operated mule. But before the shock settles into the purists of our fellow harras, and thoughts of protest begin to precipitate in their minds, let's hear what Ford has to say about defending such a monstrosity.
Ford has officially announced that a hybrid Mustang will debut in the 2020 production year.
Ford lends that the new pseudo-electric mule will be a successful union of the latest electric motor and gasoline combustion engine technologies. Okay..so how is it different than other voltage variant on the road (shuttering at the mere image of a pony emblem on a Prius style eco body design)? Well, Ford specifically promises the new Mustang hybrid "...will generate horsepower 'comparable' to the current V8 model, with even more low-end torque." This is a bold statement, as the 2017 Mustang GT pony (at the time of hybrid announcement) produces an impressive 435 hp with 400 ft/lbs of torque. But does this mean that Ford is going to sacrifice decades of mustang heritage just for fuel economy? The answer is likely no. But before you make your final verdict until witnessing this Frankenstein in the flesh, consider that this creation will have a distinct performance advantage over its older, blood borne, equestrian siblings: launch time.
When we look at the performance capabilities of the forthcoming 100% electric 2020 Tesla Roadster, it will either blow your mind, or leave you in complete disbelief. Elon Musk has stated that the resurrected battery powered roadster will perform an inconceivable zero to 60 mph time of 1.9 seconds!, with a ridiculous zero to 100 mph time of just 4.2 seconds!, record breaking 1/4 mile time of 8.8 seconds!, and a jaw dropping top speed of 250mph! While the 2018 Mustang V8 is certainly capable of breaking under 4.0 seconds for 0-60 mph impressively, this is not even close to being in the same realm of competition. If the Tesla produced any emissions, the latest GT model would be 'eating its dust (or electrons rather)' sadly. However, aside from ludicrous launch speeds, the electric car has little else to offer to hungry muscle car enthusiasts. First and foremost, is the sound (or lack there of). Any battery powered power plant is incapable of producing the audible pleasure produced from gasoline explosions under the hood and rumbling earthquakes echoing from the exhaust. The Mustang experience is more than silence in numbers, it is a surreal melding of man with horsepower felt via acoustic stimuli. Case in point, no one ever 'hears' a Tesla coming down the road and only take notice if the see it right in front of them.
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Unfortunately, realistically, this new hybrid offspring is unlikely to mimic the fearsome form of the Chimera; the imposing, monstrous, fire-breathing creature with multiple animal parts recorded in Greek mythology, but rather the Hippocentaur; a being with the upper torso and head of a human (being the 'hybrid' portion) and the lower body of a horse (the pony gene carried over). Surely, whatever genesis of the 'Chimera Mustang' Ford decides to procreate, the most curious question will be: 'Will horse owners let it into the stables?'
Imagine if electricity wizard Nikola Tesla and renowned race car builder Carrol Shelby had both lived during the 21st century? One can only dream of such a marriage, but if it existed, I would like to envision an electrochemical cold fusion nuclear reactor combined with a marvel of electromagnetic superconductors encapsulated in an forged racing shell with hovering capabilities (oh how I like to dream). No matter how unsettling the idea of a combined gas/battery powered Mustang may be, love it or hate it, the hearts of our ponies are about to be hit with an electric dose from the blue oval defibrillator. Furthermore, if Ford was even accused of 'killing the electric car,' they are surely bringing it 'Back to the Future;' non-hovering version at first anyway :(