When asked on Facebook about the wheelbase difference, David replied “about one.” This explains why the two-door coupe body shell fits so well on the Prius chassis. According to David, “I had it registered and insured for about six months on the road as a 1969 Mustang just like this.” One of the most notable challenges of this build is the steering wheel’s location. The owner had to extend the column out, and sooner rather than later, the pedals will be extended a little too.
As the headline implies, don’t expect this blast from the past with hybrid propulsion to slay at the strip. The Prius from this generation relies on a 1.8-liter engine that develops approximately 90 horsepower. The e-motor levels the output to 134 horsepower, and lest we forget, that’s a front-wheel-drive chassis.
David hasn’t given any estimates for completion nor did he mention what’s next on his to-do list. Ford, on the other hand, is hard at work developing the S650 Mustang which is going to offer a hybrid option with V8 levels of power at the very least. Up to this point, there are two possible outcomes for the electrified pony.
Raj Nair once let it slip that the Mustang Hybrid will feature “electric motors” and an “EcoBoost-type engine.” But more recently, Ford has filed a design patent for a Coyote V8 with two e-motors affixed to the sides of the oil pan. Whatever the future may hold, the S650 will roll out in 2022 for the 2023 model year.