Ford Performance has revealed the quickest drag-racing Mustang ever, capable of covering a quarter-mile in the mid-eight-second range.
The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race car that honours the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968. The new Cobra Jet made its public debut at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.
The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary car to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet to ever come from the factory – capable of topping 150mph (241km/h) while turning in a mid-eight-second quarter-mile run.
The special project epitomises the close teamwork between traditional and motorsports engineering groups to maximise the design, performance and durability of production Mustangs.
The car is powered by a special 5.2-litre version of Ford’s famed 5-litre V8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3-litre Whipple supercharger. The engine sends power to the ground through a 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coilover shocks with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering, as well as a four-link rear suspension with anti-roll and Panhard bars.
Additional factory-provided racing performance upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels.
The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White, and can be outfitted with exclusive 50th Anniversary graphics and badging. Customers can order the racecar now at an MSRP of US$130,000 (S$178,000). Production is limited to 68 units, in honour of the original Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut.
“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet’s success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”