Ford Performance introduces the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400
Ford Performance has introduced a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion. The company says that it is quiet, doesn’t use any fuel, and is projected to beat the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph.
The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver over 1400 hp and over 1100 lb·ft of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in a demanding race environment.
“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.”
Following the debut of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV, the company says its new prototype "represents another opportunity to advance Mustang heritage and performance while simultaneously incorporating some of the most advanced technology" coming to the automaker’s future powertrains.
According to the company, the new vehicle also honors the original Cobra Jet that first roamed drag strips in the late 1960s.
"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."
The company continues to test Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media, and competitors will get to meet the race car, and see exactly what it can do.
Before that, catch a sneak peek starting this Sunday, April 26 by watching MotorTrend On Demand’s “Hard Cell,” a showcase of electric vehicles.
To maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project, Ford Performance has teamed up with several specialized suppliers:
- MLe Racecars – Vehicle builder, designer, integrator, and tuner
- Watson Engineering – Chassis support and development, roll cage builder
- AEM EV – Software and motor calibration and controls
- Cascadia – Inverter and motor supplier
For more information visit corporate.ford.com.