Mustang has been an iconic name in the automotive world for almost sixty years and Ford recently brought an electric version of this sought after vehicle to Ireland. It is a far cry from the 1968 Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the classic car chase from the movie “Bullitt”, but the latest version, the Mustang Mach-E, is already making serious inroads in to the competitive electric SUV sector and has gained favour with many Irish drivers.
It features an all electric drive, highly advanced accident avoidance systems, a raft of new technology and some of the very latest construction materials and bonding techniques. This makes it agile and safe, but also poses particular problems for repairers should it be involved in an accident.
The design of the Mustang Mach-E does make it a very safe car to drive. Indeed crash testing organisation, EuroNCAP, awarded it a top five-star rating. This was partly due to a list of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including; pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking, evasive steer assist, dynamic brake support, distance alert indication, blind spot warning and lane departure warning. This greatly reduces the risk of a collision in a Mach-E, however, in some circumstances an impact is unavoidable. When this happens it is vital that as part of the repair, these systems are recalibrated so that they continue to provide optimum safety.
Another challenge for repairers is the construction of the Mach-E, which incorporates boron, high strength, high ductility, high formability DP steel and other high-strength steels. Indeed, less than 20% of the materials are mild steel, which is traditionally used in vehicle construction. This makes the body and the chassis much stronger and lighter. It also means that many traditional repair methods, such as, sectioning, straightening and standard welding are not suitable for repairs. If an incorrect repair method is applied, while the repair may look cosmetically sound, beneath the surface the structural integrity may have been compromised, which could be catastrophic should the car have another accident.
Last, but by no means least, as the car uses extremely high voltages it requires specially trained electrical technicians and equipment to be worked on safely.
This type of vehicle construction and advanced technology will often mean even experienced bodyshops will shy away from a Mach-E repair. However, at Ashmore Ryder we are a Ford Appointed Repairer and have fully trained specialist electrical repair technicians, meaning we are perfectly placed to get any damaged Mustang Mach-E back on the road in perfect condition and with all safety systems fully functioning.
We will return the car to Ford manufacturer specification with highly trained technicians, using specialist tools and genuine Ford parts. This is done in strict accordance with Ford quality standards, using only official Ford repair methods, so that you can be completely confident that structural high strength integrity is restored. Post repair a full calibration procedure of ADAS systems is also carried out. This also allows you to maintain your full Ford body and paint warranty.
If you have an accident your insurance company may recommend their preferred repairer, however, you are perfectly entitled to insist that your car is expertly repaired by a Ford Appointed Repairer such as Ashmore Ryder.