Yes, you read the title right! The Mustang Cobra Jet prototype is a 1,400bhp electric-powered drag racer capable of devouring a quarter-mile in 8 seconds!
The EV is no longer just a concept. From modern hypercars, long-haul vehicles to thoroughbred motorsport machines, all sorts of vehicles are now embracing electric power. So, Ford Performance has decided to bring electric power into the world of drag racing, with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV factory drag racer prototype. It's been developed with significant inputs from specialised suppliers like MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia.
Unlike a conventional drag racer that's obnoxiously loud, insanely thirsty, & ludicrously powerful, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 does not have the first two characteristics, but it does have the third one! The purpose-built battery pack powering the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 has been designed to pump out 1,400bhp (approx.) and 1,491Nm of torque. As a result, a person standing at a quarter-mile finish line will see the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 whizz past in about 8 seconds, at a speed of more than 170mph (274km/h).
Sharing his thoughts on the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV prototype, Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) said, 'This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into. 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.'
Not only does the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV prototype give us a sneak peek into the technology of Ford's future electric powertrains (in models like the upcoming all-electric Mustang Mach-E) but it also pays homage to the original Mustang Cobra Jet of the 1960s, a world-renowned drag strip king.
The Ford Performance Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV prototype is due to make its public debut later this year.