I recently lamented the fact that the 2015 Mustang is basically more of the same, and that an electric or hybrid version seems like an impossibility. Turns out I was half wrong, as Ford has used 3D printing technology to build a 2015 Mustang electric slot car for entry in an international slot car race.
3D printing is becoming an increasingly important manufacturing method for automakers like Ford, who are looking forward to the day when they can “print” entire cars. For now, 3D printing technology is limited to scale models of production vehicles like the 2015 Mustang. Previously, Ford has 3D printed edible versions of its new Mustang muscle car, though other automakers are actually using these techniques to build portions of new cars. Some companies, like Local Motors, even hope to 3D print an entire car before the year is out, hopefully kickstarting a 3D printing revolution in the auto industry.
As for my hopes for an electric or hybrid Mustang? I’ve got at least another decade to wait, as the 2015 Mustang doesn’t seem to have any intentions of going greener than the 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine. Meanwhile, my one-time Mustang down payment will be going to the Tesla Model 3 instead until an electric Mustang gets the full-size treatment.