It won’t hurt your ears and doesn’t use a drop of fuel, but it’s projected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph. For the first time ever, Ford Performance introduces a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion.
Car fans around the world know that when they see the words ‘Ford’ and ‘Cobra’ in the same sentence, the car will be blisteringly fast and under the hood there is a mean engine.
Once again, that is true. Only this time, that engine is powered by electricity.
The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver an astonishing 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 ft.-lbs. of instant torque. We are not surprised by the fact that the word ‘jet’ is included in the name of the car, especially with that kind of power.
This project aims to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments, as Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Icons explained.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” he said. “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.”
The American company presented this car following the debut of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV which is the first-ever, all-electric Mustang.
This Cobra Jet 1400 prototype, according to company officials, represents another opportunity to advance the Mustang heritage and performance while simultaneously incorporating some of the most advanced technology coming to Ford’s future powertrains.
This is not the first Ford Jet to hit the Drag races as this car is an homage to the original Cobra Jet that first dominated drag strips in the late 1960s.
Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports explained that this project was a welcome challenge to push an EV to its limits.
“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.”
Ford Performance will continue to test the Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media and competitors alike will get to meet the race car, as well as see exactly what it’s capable of on the asphalt.
At WhichEV, we are very impressed by the incredible power that this all-electric car can generate. It seems that Ford has welcomed another scary Cobra into its family, with mesmerising possibilities.