For the past eight years, Michelin has hosted the Supercar Paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and each year visitors have cast their votes to select the winner, the Showstopper of the Festival. This year, for the first time, that Showstopper was an electric vehicle. In fact, it was an electra-mod classic, a Charge Auto Ford Mustang.
The electrified Mustang beat out the Ferrari 488 Pista and the 2018 Showstopper-winner, the Apollo Intesa Emozione, for the 2019 honor.
“Charge Auto’s Mustang took everyone by surprise at the Festival this weekend,” chief judge and TV commentator Tim Harvey was quoted in the Michelin news release.
“It’s not just the unique aspect of taking a true classic Mustang shape and adapting it to apply to an ever-evolving modern world, but more the fact that the team have pushed the boundaries in every single way to make this special car happen, which has made it a stand out.”
Based in London, Charge Automotive’s team comprises engineers who have worked on projects with McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover and several Formula One racing teams.
“We redefine great classic cars with advanced electric technology while preserving their iconic design,” the company says on its website. “We believe in an emission-free future while giving ultimate performance to epic autolegends.”
The company plans to produce 499 examples of its 1960s Mustangs. They are based on officially licensed body shells but with electric powertrains and bespoke interiors.
The goal is to “provide a modern high-end driving experience for connoisseurs of speed and technology,” the company says. “Equipped with state-of-the-art components and a personalized digital interface, these classic vehicles are back to cutting edge once again.”
The company says the cars have 200 miles of range and can sprint from a standing start to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds thanks to several thousand pound-feet of torque from the electric drive system.
Prices start at £300,000 (nearly $380,000).
Among the other vehicles showcased in the Michelin Supercar Paddock earlier this month were the “Reveal of the Festival” trophy-winning De Tomaso P72 and the world debut of the 2020 Porche 911 RSR World Endurance Championship racing car and of the Ford GT MkII. Debuting to a British audience was the Koenigsegg Jesko.
“The rebirth of the De Tomaso took the Goodwood Festival of Speed completely by surprise, as the team unveiled a unique and unexpected P72 model on Thursday morning,” Michelin noted.
“One of the most exceptional launches of the festival prompted Michelin to grant the car a Reveal of the Festival trophy – a brand-new accolade to mark one of the most remarkable stories of the event.
“Marking its 60th anniversary with a car that pays homage to its classic roots in the motorsport and automotive worlds, the De Tomaso P72 took the world’s media and event spectators by storm. The sleek exterior sculpting was matched by the exposed, mechanical interior that used polished copper across the dash in addition to stitched leather, all designed to hark back to a previous era of De Tomaso creativity.”