You know about Crazy Bob, right? He’s crazy! He’ll do whatever it takes to get you into that new car, or sell you that new mattress, or whatever. Ford today announced they’re going hybrid crazy, and one of the vehicles to receive hybridization is the iconic Ford Mustang.
The Mustang is now a global car, exported to around 100 markets. It’s also built in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Increasing fuel economy standards, government regulation, and consumer demands mean that hybrids and electric vehicles are the way of the future, even for the Mustang. That much we know.
What we don’t know is what a hybrid Mustang will look like. Obviously your mind is initially drawn to a hybrid version of the 2.3L EcoBoost. The electric motor would improve torque, but the EcoBoost is the fuel-economy platform so the hybrid would be designed for an increase in economy. That seems like the most-logical move.
But what if the hybrid wasn’t like that at all? What if Ford took the Porsche 918 approach and developed a Mustang hybrid designed for maximum performance? It could be attached to an engine like in the Shelby GT350. The electric motor could serve as torque-fill for the engine when the revs are low, which is where the Voodoo engine could use some help.
Or, the Mustang could go all-wheel drive, with the electric motors powering the front wheels in a way that’s similar to how the Acura NSX works.
At this point it’s all speculation, and that’s what we’re good at. It’ll be interesting to see how the hybrid Mustang goes, or maybe even have more than one variant of the hybrid Mustang. What we do know is that car, along with other EV expansion, will happen at the Flat Rock plant instead of Mexico.