Cover your eyes, purists, this might hurt. Everyone else, don’t bother with ear plugs. This drag demon is harmless to your hearing.
Drag strips are inherently loud and aromatic in the best way. That’s why we love them, isn’t it? If the bleachers aren’t rattling like metal maracas, the cars need to be louder. Roaring exhaust equals speed, right? Stripped down Teslas can smoke just about anything on the street, but electric purpose-built drag racers at an official drag strip? I can hear the grumbles amongst purists now. Well, Ford is challenging that with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”
Expected to silently scream down drag strips in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph, the one-off Mustang Cobra Jet comes ready to race. By utilizing all-electric propulsion, the Cobra Jet 1400 prototype boasts over 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 ft.-lbs. of torque ready to be unleased instantly.
“This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, 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 fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports.”
This new Cobra Jet 1400 draws inspiration from the original dominant Cobra Jet that ruled strips in the 1960’s. The car will debut to the world later this year at an unknown drag racing event where media, fans and competitors will get to meet the race car.
Once we see it sprint down the drag strip, we may be getting a glimpse at the future of the sport.