The Ford Mustang stands alone at the pinnacle of the American sports car scene. Perched above the Camaro, Firebird, Barracuda and all other pretenders, Ford’s sporting pony puts the “icon” in iconic. At least, that’s Gildshire’s opinion, having owned three of them, and lusted after several more. That’s why a certain buzz caught our attention this week. There are whisperings among those who watch patent office filings that Ford may be headed in a direction that would have once seemed blasphemous (and still does, in a way). Is Ford about to hybridize their Mustang? We wanted to know more. Motor1 helped with the research.
In a 2017 patent filing listed as “initiated by the Ford Motor Company,” and published to the United States Patent and Trademark office website just this week, we see a twin drive engine system that belongs on a hybrid vehicle. The filing shows a V8 engine, but with hybrid components. The wording indicates that the final product can fit any internal combustion engine.
What model does Ford have in mind?
Isn’t it obvious? Ford scuttled the balance of its car line.
Is this a final blueprint of the planned powertrain for a future Ford Mustang? The industry has long anticipated confirmation of that very thing. In other words, do the rumors have facts behind them?
A traditionally powered internal combustion engine (we would assume a V8. This is a Mustang, after all.) would power the two wheels in the rear. In front, two electric power plants, “mounted directly to opposing sides of the engine,” (according to notes in the patent application), would drive the two wheels up front.
Did you catch the real-world significance inside the Mustang mechanic-speak?
Not only will the proposed Mustang be partially electric, but potentially an all-wheel-drive car, as well. Two things never before seen on a pony car, brought to the street at the same time in the same car.
Wow! Just, wow.
An AWD hybrid Mustang would be a game-changer on many levels. As for “hybrid” the EPA benefits are as evident as the distinctive pony emblem. Forty mpg? Fifty? Without losing the roar at start-up that makes Mustang-lovers swoon? The mind spins.
As for AWD, the Mustang is sexier than it is a decent-handling ride on wet or snowy roads. Many times, we have inched our way along a rain-slick road, drenched in water from the rooster tails thrown at us from passing econoboxes. It has always been thus for the Mustang and is considered a part of its charm. To be honest, a semi-annoying part of its charm. All-wheel drive changes the rules of engagement on wet pavement. Step aside, econoboxes. Know your place.
Of course, as in the case of any patent filing, we have much to discover. The evidence provided is vague, at best. While the patent is interesting and even fascinating, Ford has yet to confirm that it’s for a hybrid AWD Mustang. However, with upcoming Challengers going hybrid, mid-engined Corvettes getting a hybrid model with 1,000 horses, Ford may want the Mustang not far behind. This patent filing could be the proof of Ford’s intentions.