An electric car in the snow? We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

If the electric car is finally starting to find a place in the general public (18% of sales in 2022), the obstacles in terms of load, weight and autonomy are often too much to convince the motorsport that interested in it.

On the contrary, the power of electric motors, the torque available immediately, the good distribution of mass, the virtual absence of gearboxes and complex transmission, also make them great cars, especially on snow and ice, as we will see today.

To verify all this in real conditions, Mac4Ever accepted the invitation of Ford, which will come try the Mustang Mach-E on Flaine’s ice circuitin Chamonix:

A big circuit and winter conditions

At 1000 m long and 10 to 15 meters wide, the Flaine circuit is THE reference in France, and it even has the luxury of being the largest in France!

Located at an altitude of 1800m, it also offers excellent snow conditions during winter. : during our test, the ice layer was very homogeneous, on a very technical route, perfect for reproducing the difficulties of a mountain road. Despite the rather changeable weather in recent weeks and a slight thaw at the start of the year, the track has maintained an almost perfect setting for our day’s activities.

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

Our Mustang Mach-Es are equipped Nokian HAKKAPELIITTA 10 SUV studded tires in 255/55R19enough to allow you to evolve on the circuit in complete safety while offering good conditions for sliding and recovering grip on the curves, as you saw in the video. The managers on the site told us that they insisted on installing this model, which would be the best in the world for this type of exercise.

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

Awesome Mustang Mach-E, GT or not!

For now, Ford’s electric cars are still few and far betweenbut the latter is already meeting great success, especially in the USA, where the F-150 (tested here) and the Mustang Mach-E (our test) monopolize most of the sales.

The builder is current examining its entire scope, which should be 100% electric in Europe by the end of the decade. The Fiesta, C-Max and other Galaxy will simply disappear to make way for models designed entirely for electric platforms.

For these tests, Ford took two versions of the Mustang Mach E :

Mustang Mach-E AWD :

• 4 wheel drive (2 motors)
• 351 hp
• 580 Nm of Torque
• A to 100 in 5.1s

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

The Mustang Mach-E GT :

• 4 wheel drive (2 motors)
• 487 HP
• 860 Nm of Torque
• From 100 in 3.7s

Despite the huge difference in torque, these two models really aren’t that far apart on the snow slopes, it is largely a question of method, more than of power -even the torquey pick-up itself has a particular interest in cornering.

An easy horse to raise

sometimes all help is disconnected and in mode Not killed triggeredmaking it possible to release all the power to the four wheels, our Mache-E proved to be both lively, reassuring during braking stages, and playful when it was requested – and therefore we did not hesitate!

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

After a few donuts outside the circuit, the car still cuts out of AWD mode (4 wheel drive) for a few seconds, then temporarily goes into pure propulsion. This seems to be a security related to the temperature, but nevertheless risks creating surprises if one uses it for a race for example. Do not worry, most EVs are affected by these limitations : apart from a few rare examples (like the Taycan, really designed for racing), even the Tesla sees its performance decrease in laps, mainly due to overheating of the battery.

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

As you can see, despite our relative experience on snowy ground (we often test EVs in Chamonix in winter), and thanks to a particularly good and pedagogical instructor, we quickly managed to have fun on the circuit, without getting the impression of reckless risks ! The car glides easily once you understand the subtleties in terms of steering and sharp acceleration phases, intended to put the Mache-E into drift. The 4-wheel drive assisted wheels also make it possible to regain grip or brake quickly, avoiding hanging on snow walls in the first turn.

A rewarding experience for all

Eventually, the experience of driving on ice with a powerful vehicle brings a real dose of fun, even without pilot experience, and we would have been there almost all day, if the autonomy (1kWh per minute) had not come to call us to order. On site, there are only a few 22kW terminals, enough to run about twenty journalists for a whole afternoon with only 4 cars, but a bit tight if you want to run for 8 hours. at 10 pm!

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

Beyond this unique experience, I encourage you even more come and test your own car on such a circuit (many are open to the public): as we saw on the wet Michelin circuit with the Tesla Model 3, it’s important to know the limits of your car, and we also realize that we often have more leeway than expected, as long as we respect certain rules of conduct and safety.

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

As for the drivers we met at Flaine, most were happy with the advantages of electric for motorsport, although, according to them, there are still some sometimes prohibitive obstacles to produce real racing cars. Let’s hope that in a few years, autonomy will increase while reducing charging times and battery weight. But with 800V platforms and better efficiency, these barriers seem unattainable by the end of the decade.

An electric car in the snow?  We test the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Flaine circuit!

Finally, to wrap up a bit greenthis is true emerging on the circuit in near silence amidst an extraordinary natural setting, has something special about it, if not respectful towards the mountain. If you need electricity to maintain these little pleasures, yes, we sign right away!

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