- Feb 18, 2020
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- 2021 Premium Infinite Blue. ER AWD. 2020 Raptor
Ford have a long history of capable rally specials along with your basic rally inspired ones and even by those standards I doubt anybody is going to be looking back fondly on this like a mk1 Escort Mexico.Well, in response to those who think it not worth the time and effort for @Ford to offer a "Rally Inspired" version, re-read what its billed as, rally inspired not a true rally capable machine and even Ford states it "gravel Road" capable.
And if you believe there are no fans of Rally driving in the US, check out the American Rally Assocoation, they have been around a long time and even sponsored by the premier US rally driving school "Dirtfish".
Rally racing in the US has always been popular and Subaru even offered a Colin Macrae inspired 555 paint scheme on their WRX years ago.
Now the big question...do I want one? most definitly if I was 20 years younger but for now I'm happy with my Premium 4x blowing the doors off of snot nosed kids who think I just an old man in an SUV!
It’s premium based, not GTPE unfortunately. See post #70On the surface, this is right in my wheelhouse. I test drove a GTPE and loved it, but I'd prefer something with a little more ground clearance and sidewall for my DD. I've had a few flats and a bent wheel in the last few years and I'm tired of it.
Will have to wait for details. I'll buy this thing if it's the GTPE, but with higher ground clearance, bigger tires, and a sporty but soft suspension (ya know, Rally car style...). But not paying a markup and not paying $80k MSRP either. Ford has to realize that making a car electric does not make it premium. I can get a really well equipped BMW X5 hybrid for that money and those are sooooo much nicer than this Ford.
I’m sorry… it’s hideous. Ugh!Updated with Goodwood Hill run video:
* Ordering for the Mach-E Rally will start this fall in the U.S.
RALLY-INSPIRED ELECTRIC THRILL: NEW FORD MUSTANG MACH-E RALLY CHARGES UP THE HILL AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
JUL 14, 2023 | CHICHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
CHICHESTER, United Kingdom, July 14, 2023 – For the first time in its nearly six-decade history, Ford is taking Mustang where it never has gone before – where the tarmac ends and the dirt road begins – with the rally-inspired electric Ford Mustang Mach-E® Rally.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enthusiasts and onlookers will get a look at the first rally-inspired electric SUV from Ford– available to order in the U.S. this fall – as it charges up the hill driven by Ott Tänak, current driver of the M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1 entry and former World Rally champion.
“Mustang Mach-E took the freedom and fun of Mustang and made it free from emissions. Now with Mustang Mach-E Rally, we’re providing our customers the freedom to venture off the asphalt and beyond the beaten path,” said Darren Palmer, Vice President, Electric Vehicle Programs, Ford Model e.
Mustang Mach-E Rally will be available first in the U.S. and Europe. To stay up to speed with the first-ever, rally-inspired, five-passenger Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, visit https://www.ford.com/suvs/mach-e.
I doubt very much that they will market this as a rally vehicles like those of long past times, as stated in their official release, its a Rally inspired vehicle with no intention of making it "race ready"Ford have a long history of capable rally specials along with your basic rally inspired ones and even by those standards I doubt anybody is going to be looking back fondly on this like a mk1 Escort Mexico.
I will be interested to see what suspension and steering updates they do as the current vehicle is not exactly the best starting point for a rally vehicle, with the slow steering and long wheel base..
Many of the early Subaru WRX's were dressed up by dealers with the 555 (without the numbers)stripe to mimic Colins WRC winning Subaru. 555 was actually a cigarette company .They can prove us (the target audience of Mach E drivers) wrong pretty easily based on sales numbers.
I reserve the right to be wrong, but I don’t think I’ll be seeing many of these on the road.
I had to google that 555 reference you made.
Apparently Subaru only ever sold a few hundred and none in the USA. (Unless I missed it somewhere). But either way, not exactly a success story.
Ah….. I’ve maybe seen one of those STi stickered up specials in the wild in the last few decades.Many of the early Subaru WRX's were dressed up by dealers with the 555 (without the numbers)stripe to mimic Colins WRC winning Subaru. 555 was actually a cigarette company .