Ford appears to be preparing a hybrid, all-wheel drive system built around a V8 engine, hinting at what could be to come for the legendary Mustang nameplate.
The patent was actually filed in 2017, but the US Patent and Trademark Office published it this week. The filing was initially reported by AutoGuide in the USA.
With a longitudinally-mounted engine sending power to the rear wheels, the system appears more sport-oriented than some of the other hybrid systems becoming more prevalent.
The internal-combustion engine is augmented by an electric motor on each front wheel, opening the door for clever torque vectoring tricks.
“Methods and systems are provided for a hybrid electric vehicle including a front-wheel drive system and a rear-wheel drive system," the patent states.
"In one example, the rear-wheel drive system includes an internal combustion engine configured to drive rear wheels of the vehicle, and the front wheel drive system includes a first electric motor and a second electric motor mounted directly to opposing sides of the engine.
"The first electric motor is coupled to a first reduction gearbox to drive a first front wheel of the vehicle, and the second electric motor is coupled to a second reduction gearbox to drive a second front wheel of the vehicle."
Although the patent suggests any longitudinally-mounted engine could be used, the image supplied is definitely a bent-eight.
Given the company teased a hybrid Mustang model with the promise of "V8 power and even more low-end torque" than currently offered last year, a V8 hybrid could be on the cards.