The Blue Oval revealed its all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, highlighting the Mustang EV’s off-roading performance as well as taking it up “the Hill” at the event.
The Mustang Mach-E rivals GM’s upcoming Chevy Blazer EV, but the Rally offers off-road capability the Blazer does not, and in fact outdoes the off-pavement mobility of any current EV from The General’s lineup, GMC Hummer EV aside.
Ford has offered few details about the Mustang Mach-E Rally so far. Vice-president of the Blue Oval’s electric vehicle programs, Darren Palmer, says the Mach-E Rally’s purpose is “providing our customers the freedom to venture off the asphalt and beyond the beaten path.” The all-electric Mustang Mach-E Rally will be available for U.S. orders in autumn 2023.
The automaker did not yet provide range, price, or performance information for the Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally. It only offers the statement that the EV is “designed for agile performance on loose surfaces like gravel.”
The Mustang Mach-E Rally is appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Estonian rally champion Ott Tänak at the wheel. The EV will compete on “the Hill,” a white-knuckle 1.16-mile hillclimb that is one of Goodwood’s most popular events. Another Chevy Blazer EV SS competitor, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N EV, is also debuting at Goodwood.
Ford’s EV sports unique lower front and rear bumper trims as well as exclusive alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A 235/55R19 tires.
At the front of the Mustang Mach-E Rally Ford designers gave the EV unique front nose panel with integrated trail lights and red front tow hooks. The interior gets more supportive seats for off-roading, along with seemingly exclusive interior trim colors.
The Chevy Blazer EV is GM’s rival to the Mustang Mach-E, but will not be offered in an off-road focused variant. At this point in time, GM hasn’t announced any off-road Ultium-based BEV3-platform electric crossovers yet for any of its brands.
The Chevy Blazer EV SS crossover is said “to live up to the legacy of the iconic Super Sport performance designation” with electric motors that provide all-wheel drive while cranking out as much as 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque.
The vehicle also features a sport-tuned chassis, Brembo front brakes, and the Wide Open Watts (WOW) mode enabling a 0-60 launch in less than four seconds.
The Chevy Blazer EV SS will get a unique front grille, two-tone exterior color scheme with a black roof and A-pillars, and standard 22-inch wheels. Estimated range per charge is 290 miles, somewhat less than the standard Chevy Blazer EV’s 320 miles.
GM has priced the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV SS at $65,995 base starting MSRP, inclusive of the destination freight charge. Originally scheduled to debut in fall 2023 at roughly the same time Ford will start taking orders for the Mustang Mach-E Rally, launch of the Blazer EV SS was delayed until spring 2024. Production of the high-performance Chevy crossover will take place at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.