An American firm has developed a V8 roar for Ford’s quiet electric SUV.
Owners of Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric SUVs in the US that lack the sound of old-school muscle cars will soon have the option of an external speaker that emits the roar of a V8 exhaust.
In a 14-second video posted on YoutubeAmerican tuning company and exhaust specialist Borla has introduced its “Active Performance Sound System” – a speaker hidden under the car’s rear bumper that can deliver the booming V8 exhaust sounds of Ford’s iconic Mustang muscle car.
The American firm says its audio system is fed in real time by the Mustang Mach-E electric car’s on-board computer, allowing the speaker to accurately represent the exhaust noises of a muscle car idling, when accelerating, cruising or slowing down.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E presented in the Youtube video featured exhaust noises emitted by the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8.
“Sound, vision and touch are the three senses we use for sport driving, and without the real-time feedback of engine and vehicle dynamics through sound waves and vibrations, much of that experience is missing,” said Borla’s vice president of sales and marketing. , David Borla, said in a press release.
“After all, who wants to watch Fast n’ Furious movies or play Forza (video games) without sound? They go to great lengths to make sure the sound is prevalent in these mids for a reason.
Borla is not the first tuning company or speed shop to develop an “exhaust” for an electric car.
In 2020, British company Milltek developed a muffler with built-in speaker for Tesla’s electric cars – controlled via a smartphone app with the choice of exhaust noises from V8, V10 or V12 engines.
In Australia, performance outlets sell the Milltek system for around $3825.
Earlier this year, Dodge unveiled its Charger Daytona SRT electric concept car, equipped with what the American automaker calls a “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust”.
Dodge claims the fake exhaust is as loud as a supercharged V8-powered Charger Hellcat, capable of generating up to 126 dB through an amplifier and “tuning” chamber in the rear of the car.
Borla has yet to announce pricing for its electric “exhaust system,” and more details will be announced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas next month.
The Mustang Mach-E first drew criticism when it launched in 2019, with avid Ford fans believing the automaker was tarnishing Mustang muscle car heritage by using its name on an electric SUV.
Despite this, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has outsold the two-door Mustang muscle car in the United States for some months this year, with order books recently reopened after being closed due to overwhelming demand for the electric SUV.
As previously reported, well-placed dealer sources have said Conduct the Ford Mustang Mach-E is a certainty for Australia, although the local arm of the US auto giants remains mum on whether the electric car will make it to showrooms.