Ford unveils the Mustang Cobra Jet: a 1400-horsepower electric dragster
Ford announces an impressive racing model, the Cobra Jet. Reserved for drag races, it takes full advantage of the capabilities of a supercharged electric motor.
Electrification is spreading everywhere. Even in places with high-performance internal combustion engines, we will see, one day or another, a move towards environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Ford is paving the way with the unveiling of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1,400 100% electric prototype. For some, this is pure heresy, but in reality, we realize that a 100% electric engine can be extremely powerful.
Another piece of good news, considering that you only drive a little more than a quarter-mile, because you need a long-range!
The figures speak for themselves for those who are in doubt about the performance of this engine: ¼ of miles under 8 seconds and a top speed of 274 km/h.
It must be said that the technology presented by Ford isn’t a piece of cake. This monster of acceleration delivers 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, everything goes directly and strictly on the rear wheels. Ford wouldn’t have gone so far as to make it all-wheel drive.
While we’re amazed by this power, Ford keeps a reserve in terms of the technology used as well as the type and size of the battery. As for range, frankly, it doesn’t matter.
For Mark Rushbrook, director of Ford Performance Motorsports, this is undeniably an exciting project: “We saw the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing 100% electric engines in an existing package in which we have a lot of experience.
We had the performance standards that we had to meet or exceed. He goes further, adding that he hopes other projects will come on the table: “It was a fantastic project we worked on.
We hope this is just the first of many to come for the Ford Performance Motorsports team.
Although Ford has some experience with electrification, in the specific case of this project, the American manufacturer called on other companies with expertise in this area.
In the batch, we count on MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia.
In short, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is really exciting. However, for the moment, it’s only a prototype; Ford isn’t yet offering it to its customers who love acceleration racing.