Ford Performance has just unveiled the electric Mustang Cobra Jet – a prototype of a battery electric drag racer that makes a massive 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of toque. All that instant torque can get the battery-powered monster down the quarter-mile stretch in the “low-8-second range at more than 170 mph,” according to Ford.
In other words, it offers much more performance than the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro; twice as much, to be exact – as the eCOPO generates 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, and takes nine seconds to complete the quarter-mile. That’s a pretty impressive feat considering it’s Ford’s first-ever factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “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.”
In order to make the idea of the electric Mustang Cobra Jet come to life in a realistic timeframe, Ford Performance joined forces with the following specialized suppliers:
- MLe Racecars – vehicle builder, designer, integrator and tuner
- Watson Engineering – chassis support and development, roll cage builder
- AEM EV – software and motor calibration and controls
- Cascadia – inverter and motor supplier
“This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “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.”
As of this writing, this electric Mustang Cobra Jet is a prototype, but we wouldn’t be surprised if The Blue Oval were to offer a production version in due time. And we must also wonder how long until Chevrolet Performance returns the volley.
We’ll continue to keep our ear to the ground for more information on this electric Mustang dragster as it becomes available, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.