Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Takes Drag Racing to a Whole New Level


Ford claims it can do the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range at 150 miles per hour or more. Since 2008, Ford has built and sold 250 cars, bringing total historical production of the Cobra Jet to just 350 units. Strapped to that engine is a massive 3.0L Whipple supercharger.

The vehicle was unveiled Thursday in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak as part of the lead-up to this weekend's anuual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Ford has unveiled 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet ahead of the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise. These three cars compete in the NHRA Factory Super Stock class and in most cases, the field is running in the mid-to-low 8-second range while the class record is held by a Dodge Challenger Drag Pak driven by Geoff Turk, which ran a 7.996 at 170.1 miles per hour earlier this year.

Back in '68, Joniec posted an impressive 11.49 over 120 miles per hour (193 km/h), but naturally, that's nothing compared to this new model shining in Oxford White (also available in Race Red) featuring anniversary-badged racing wheels.

Speaking with The Drive, Matt Leaver of Ford Performance Communications said that Ford is not ready to release any specifics on power output or timings. The price? Some $130 000 (that's around R1,9-million)...

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Like previous Cobra Jets, the 2018 model has been created to be legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, along with several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes.

Editor's note: This article was updated August 17, 2018, to correct the model year of the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

Beyond the engine, the new Cobra Jet benefits from unique four-link rear suspension with drag race-specific coil-overs. The new Cobra Jet makes its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary vehicle to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory; capable of topping 150-mph while turning mid-eight-second quarter-mile elapsed times.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews.