Ford hints at Shelby-badged Mustang Mach-E

The Mach-E GT is already expected to be quicker to 60 mph than the GT350.

Ford is apparently planning to build a Shelby-badged version of the upcoming Mustang Mach-E.

Using the Mustang name on a four-door electric crossover has already stirred controversy. The GT edition does carry a high level of performance credibility, however, with a projected zero-to-60 mph benchmark in the mid-three-second range -- quicker than the V8-powered Mustang Shelby GT350.

The Mach-E debut immediately sparked speculation of even higher-performance models, namely a Shelby edition to serve as a halo model as the Mustang brand expands into a new realm.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of applying the Shelby characteristics to an electric car," Ford Performance chief program engineer Ed Krenz recently told Evo. "The trick for us is the fun-to-drive part, and sustainability in terms of charging."

The executive mentioned that a Shelby model must be capable of spending a whole day on the track, without requiring a recharge all night after a 20-minute session around a circuit. It is unclear if the Mach-E is already built for some level of track use, or if the crossover will suffer from the same type of performance limitations that prevent the current-production Tesla Model S from completing an entire lap of the Nurburgring without entering a low-power mode.

In any case, a Shelby EV is unlikely to arrive on the market until the initial Mach-E lineup has had a chance to settle into the market. The Blue Oval may be motivated to accelerate such a project if the Tesla Model Y arrives with superior performance specs, however.

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