The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars of our time, and it is also the last remaining passenger vehicle in Ford's lineup as the brand looks to the future. Evidenced by the new all-electric Mustang Mach-E, the automaker's future involves heavily investing in electrification. While the Mach-E crossover was the first Mustang to get electrified, Ford hinted that it won't be the last. Now the automaker's performance division is pushing electric powertrain technology to new heights with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype. It's an insanely fast dragster with (you guessed it) 1,400 horsepower.
Ford claims that the purpose of building the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is to begin incorporating electric powertrain technology into high-performance race cars. Based on the projected specs, Ford Performance has kicked off the project with a bang. The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 delivers a hair-raising 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 lb-ft of torque for ultimate performance on the drag strip. The prototype also gets a projected quarter-mile time in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph.
According to Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports, this dragster is the first project which will kick off future electric powertrain development with a focus on performance. “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."
Even though all eyes are on the future, Ford Performance made sure that the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 also honors the original 1960s Mustang Cobra Jet. Only 50 units of the original V8, 335-horsepower 1968 Cobra Jet were produced and the racecar debuted at the NHRA Winternationals where it took home a win. Now, with over 4 times the horsepower and an all-electric powertrain, the Mustang Cobra Jet Prototype aims to match the glory of the original by pushing boundaries once again.
Ford's first crack at an electrified Mustang was nothing short of impressive with the Mustang Mach-E's maximum 332 horsepower, 417 lb-ft of torque, and a 270-mile range, but the Cobra Jet dragster takes electrification to an entirely new level of racing performance.
"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" said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. The world debut for the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is scheduled for later this year.