With the Woodward Dream Cruise’s weekend of honoring all issues automobile in complete swing, Ford debuted its 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet, which it teased this previous April. The nostalgia within the air was once thicker than the Hoosier drag-racing slicks on the ends 0f the Cobra Jet’s 9.0-inch rear axle. The primary Cobra Jet got here out 50 years in the past, dominating the famed NHRA Winternationals that yr, and cementing its title within the heads of drag racers for generations to come back. Or possibly it’s simply the entire unburned hydrocarbons soaring round M-1 between Ferndale and Pontiac, Michigan, that has us reminiscing over the Cobra Jet title.
Both method, the brand new Cobra Jet is the most recent in a line of turn-key, track-only racers Ford sells for the ones taking a look to move 1 / 4 mile as fast as imaginable. Ford received’t say precisely how a lot horsepower it’s new drag-race particular makes, however it says that the auto will run a quarter-mile within the mid-eight-second vary. So, despite the fact that that’s an 8.6-second move at greater than 150 mph, odds are the Coyote-based engine makes on the subject of 1000 horsepower.
To make all that energy, Ford greater the engine’s displacement from 5.Zero liters to five.2, reinforced its internals, and dropped a Whipple supercharger into the valley. The dual-screw blower displaces 3.Zero liters of air for each rotation (that is about 13 % extra quantity than the roots-type pump at the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1). Not like the impartial rear suspension present in street-going Mustangs, this automotive has a reside rear axle equipped through Atypical Engineering and it’s positioned through 4 hyperlinks and a Panhard rod. The suspension options ride-height adjusters and the disc brakes are designed to reduce drag. A parachute is suited to arrest the auto on the finish of a run. Thin tires at the entrance axle, a stripped inside that includes an NHRA roll cage, an FIA seat, a Sparco guidance wheel, a factory-installed wheelie bar, and a carbon-fiber hood additionally come same old.
Each Chevy and Dodge have offered identical low-volume drag-strip automobiles lately. Dodge presented two flavors of its Challenger Drag Pak again in 2015, whilst the additionally nostalgically named COPO Camaro debuted at SEMA two years in the past.
To honor the primary Cobra Jet’s debut in 1968, Ford is restricting the 2018 Cobra Jets to simply 68 examples at a worth of $130,000. The order books are open. You’ll be able to have it in any colour as long as it’s crimson or white.
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