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Ford Thinks You Might Want a Mustang Mach-E Fragrance

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A gent standing by a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT prepares to smell a leather strap coated with Mach-Eau fragrance
“Why am I getting dizzy?”
Photo: Ford

For any number of reasons, getting folks to transition from engine-powered vehicles to EVs will be a process. There are going to be pain points along the way. One of those isn’t — certainly shouldn’t be — a fondness for the smell of gas. But Ford, cheeky buggers they are, decided to bridge that gap just in case with a fragrance named for its all-new Mustang Mach-E.

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A woman in a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT prepares to smell a leather strap coated with Mach-Eau fragrance
“Mmm. Car smell.”
Photo: Ford

Ford revealed its Mach-Eau fragrance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month as a promotional tool for the upcoming Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition. Why? Amazingly, a Ford-commissioned study found that 70 percent of drivers would miss the smell of gasoline to some extent. And! Twenty percent said the smell of gas is the thing they’d miss the most. That’s something.

“Judging by our survey findings, the sensory appeal of petrol cars is still something drivers are reluctant to give up. The Mach-Eau fragrance is designed to give them a hint of that fuel-fragrance they still crave. It should linger long enough for the GT’s performance to make any other doubts vaporize too,” said Ford of Europe Product Communications Director Jay Ward.

Yes, Mach-Eau is real, and no, you can’t buy it

A bottle of the Mach-Eau fragrance Ford created to promote the Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
You know this would sell for like $200 a bottle or something crazy like that, right?
Photo: Ford

To develop the scent, Ford turned to Olfiction, a fragrance consultancy firm, and Pia Long of the British Society of Perfumers. Long considered elements like benzaldehyde, the chemical most associated with the famous new car smell, and the rubbery smell of para-cresol. Fortunately, these elements were balanced out a bit with conventional scents like lavender, sandalwood, and ginger.

Oh, and there’s also “an animal element” to the fragrance. What animal element? I don’t even want to hazard a guess, honestly.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), Mach-Eau joins the Ford Mustang Mach-E hot sauce on the list of Mach-E-branded things that you can’t buy. But you can still buy a Mustang Mach-E GT or GT Performance Edition ahead of their launch later this year.

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