Ford Performance has officially revealed the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet in full, months after having initially teased the car and let some of its expected specs out into the open.
50 years after the original Cobra Jet, Ford’s legendary drag car is reborn as a non-road-legal beast capable of running in the mid-8 second range down a quarter mile while topping 240km/h.
Ford Performance Engineering Manager Dave Born says a lot of the features on the Cobra Jet are particularly exciting to him, from the 3.0-litre Whipple supercharger mounted to the 5.2-litre engine, down to the low-resistance brakes and improved dampers.
“There are tonnes of great new features on this thing. It’s so powerful and so fast that this thing actually required us to put a parachute on the back, which is really great.”
The dampers are two-way adjustable coil-overs, which help keep the power down after it hits the rear wheels via the 9-inch solid rear axle.
An NHRA-certified safety roll cage and FIA-certified seats can be found inside the Cobra Jet.
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Global director of Ford Performance Parts Eric Cin says, “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.”
“This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”
The 50th anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra jet is available in Race Red or Oxford White, and is priced at USD$130,000 through Ford in the US, or AUD$179K to us.
You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on one, though, as MOTOR was told by Rob Herrod of Herrod Performance that there’s likely only one inbound to Oz, purchased by Herrod himself.