Ford enthusiasts who love drag racing know all about the Cobra Jet. With roots dating back to the Cobra Jet-powered Mustangs of the 1960s, modern-day Mustang Cobra Jets are committed quarter-mile course cars that drag racers can purchase directly from Ford. Only 68 current-era Cobra Jets are slated for manufacture, and while Ford is humble on declaring just how much power the extremely qualified 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine produces, the car will go a mid-eight-second pass at 150 mph right out of the box. Here is what we know about Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 so far.
Ford isn’t bashful about the power generated from this latest flagship, which is merely a prototype at this stage. In fact, the power level is right there in the signature – Cobra Jet 1400.
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400
Jet 1400 stands for 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts), but you won’t get a fire-breathing Coyote V8, or a flat-plane-crank V8, or a revised variant of the Shelby GT500’s beast manufactory under the hood. You won’t get any fossil fuel engine in there, because this prototype is all-electric. And Ford states it’s more agile than the current Cobra Jet.
“This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford Performance Motorsports. “We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experience with, so we had performance benchmarks we wanted to match and beat right now.”
This has been a wonderful scheme to operate on, and we expect the first of many developing from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports.
Further details on the motor, battery, or other mechanical features aren’t given as this is just a one-off prototype. Though, it’s a completely working Mustang that gives more than 1,100 pound-feet (1,491 Newton-meters) of instant-on torque to the rear wheels. Ford states that should be sufficient to carry the electric Cobra Jet 1400 through the quarter-mile in the low-eight-second range at over 170 mph.
Till now, this is just a prototype and Ford doesn’t recommend it will enhance anything more than that. Experiment on the Cobra Jet 1400 is ongoing, but an authentic in-person presentation for media and drag racing enthusiasts at a quarter-mile track will take place somewhere later this year.