Ford did not provide exact performance figures for the Mustang Lithium, but described the car's acceleration as "fantastic."
John Lupu, Director of Webasto Customized Solutions, said the manual transmission was included "because it puts control of the vehicle back in the driver's hands." The driver can simply leave the car in third gear all the time and drive it like any other electric car or choose to change gears.
Mustang Lithium is powered by an 800-volt power system, more than twice the power of most electric vehicles on the road today, according to Ford. The driver can choose from four driving modes, including Sport, Track and Beast. The fourth is a valet mode for when you have to hand out someone else the key.
Mustang Lithium was also designed as a way to test heat management systems in an electric car, according to Ford. Electric car batteries and motors tend to heat up during heavy use, such as racing.
The hood of the car has two small clear polycarbonate plates to give a view of the battery pack and electric motor underneath.