Ford Mustang Goes Electric Again—But as a Drag Racer

Beverly Braga | Apr 24, 2020

Ford has added another electric Mustang to its portfolio—except this one is an actual pony car (and not an SUV sharing the name). On top of that, this newest Mustang electric vehicle is made for the drag strip.

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 electric vehicle

What is a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400?

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is a battery-powered, purpose-built prototype dragster. While the Cobra Jet name is a nod to the vehicle’s legendary drag racing dominance of the 1960s, the 1400 seems out of place, like a goofy futuristic-sounding ploy. But it’s not. 

This could be the fastest Mustang drag racer ever with a projected quarter-mile time in the low 8-second range at speeds of more than 170 mph thanks to—wait for it—more than 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of instant torque. Talk about advancing one’s racing heritage, which, for the Mustang, has been part of its history since shortly after its introduction.

A Brief Ford Mustang Cobra Jet History

In 1968, “Mustang Cobra Jet” entered the automotive lexicon as quickly as it won drag races. And to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Ford reintroduced the name that was synonymous with straight-line victories. With a production body and Ford Performance-engineered parts, the 2008 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet was the ultimate turnkey drag racing vehicle.

Because of its popularity, Ford Performance offered 50-car batches of the specially-developed Cobra Jet almost every two years with the 50th anniversary edition 2018 model seeing a celebratory 68 units. Then the most powerful of the Ford dragsters, the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet was outfitted with a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 that made the quarter-mile a mid-8s blur at more than 150 mph.

No Plan to Build Electric Mustang Drag Racer

According to Ford, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the drag racing community as a whole are open to electrification. That sentiment served as inspiration for the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. And having already set a high benchmark with regards to performance numbers, the Ford Performance team wanted to see if those figures could be matched with an all-electric powertrain.

Ford added that there are no plans to build a production version of the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, but testing does continue ahead of what the company hopes will be the vehicle’s anticipated world debut at a racing event later this year. 

Until then, fans and competitors alike can see a sneak peek of the car via MotorTrend On Demand’s Hard Cell, a show that focuses on performance EVs. The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype will be featured starting April 26.

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