Ford Performance Unveils Electric Mustang Cobra Jet With 1400 Horsepower

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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Written by Francisco Cruz

Frankie's first favorite car was a 1968 Ford Mustang, and he's had a strong appreciation for the nameplate ever since. Later in his youth he became infatuated with Eleanor, thanks to Nicholas Cage's stellar performance.

Frank's a real jokester, too.

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    • Electric power is the present for transportation, since ALL the major manufacturers are converting to electric. Gasoline engines are OBSOLETE!

        • hate to break it to you bud, it’s already here. Have you ever heard of Formula E? ABB Formula E, E-Prix is a real thing. Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW and a few others already have Formula E electric race cars Audi is currently withdrawing from DTM (deutsche tourenwagen masters) series to focus on Formula E racing and these races look pretty interesting as far as these types of races go. As much as i detest Elon Musk and Tesla, their soulless mobility appliances are genuinely fast although they have as much character as a plain piece of sheet rock. Unfortunately, there is a shift coming and like it or not, ICE engines are going to loose out. It is sad but it is true.

  1. If Ford made THAT electric Mustang as a regular produced model, it can sell better than the Mach-E. It must be priced low enough to compete with other electric sports cars, and should take away sales from the Tesla market, too.

  2. Sadly this IS the future and it appears that the brain trust at Ford have figured that out, apparently faster than their competition. Now if they could just add some cool SOUND to the program!! LOL

  3. It’s interesting as seeing what can be done with it but as something anyone wants or would want to watch, as a race car, it’s a waste of money. As an exhibition car it would be ok for a year or so, but without noise or flames like a jet car, it would be stale quickly. An electric Mustang would be about the same, as far as a loser goes. A few would sell but Mustangs need some emotional reason to buy. Electric cars are the complete opposite. People who could care less about cars buy them.

  4. Before I get into all of what I’m going to say here, I’m sure that most people who have read my post know that I’m a huge fan of high performance internal combustion engines and rear wheel drive cars and also know of my absolute loathing of Tesla and it’s creator and the fact that I’m not fully sold on Electric vehicles, although i do feel that they have their place in the world. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I’m having an unbiased, unprejudiced moment here and just throwing out a what if possibly scenario that may appeal to all of us “traditionalists” out here, who dread the day our beloved internal combustion engines are no more. Also this may be something automakers could take from as a hint to keep some of us buying your cars in the future.

    A few months back, Ford had the dumb idea of slapping the mustang name on a “mustang inspired” crossover called the Mach-E. As much as I hate it, the vehicle is here and there’s nothing that can be done about this. Everyone knows that within the next few years, electric vehicles are going to flood the market and the streets along with charging stations and alot of things that will be geared towards electric vehicles. Now with that being said, Ford has really done some unique things with electric powertrains lately and they should be noted here. the first unique electric powertrain was the one used in the Mustang “Lithium” car. A vehicle with 900hp and over 1,000lb-ft of torque and a 6-speed manual transmission. The second one is this Cobra Jet 1400 with 1400hp and 1,100lb-ft of torque and a 3-speed conventional automatic transmission, the thing that, I think, got alot of gear heads excited when they heard that hard, clean shift as the Cobra Jet went down the strip. I would go out on a limb and say that if the Mach E had a similar kind of setup, with a RWD based powertrain layout and an electric motor setup under the hood where that dumb Frunk is, it would be a bit more appealing. Now, I’m not saying it has to have 900+ horsepower but a more “conventional” setup would ease alot of people into considering an electric vehicle. A cool vehicle with an electric motor and a 4-speed DCT unit backing it with a rear wheel drive based AWD system would probably sway alot more people into saying “okay, I’ll at least go check it out.” But I wouldn’t stop there. During the last couple of weeks, I’ve been scrolling through the web and I came across someone’s Mach-S sedan concept and it looked really nice along with the Mach-E inspired Mustang electric coupe. If Ford is going to continue in the electrification direction, then they should be bringing out vehicles like this. Especially with the new CD6 chassis being such an amazing chassis. A new Mustang coupe, a Mach S sedan and a Mach E crossover along with the Explorer SUV all on the CD6 platform and electric would be a real winner for the electric blue oval future. Being that Mustangs aren’t cars that people are looking for to be “long distance” vehicles designed to go 1,000mi on one charge, these vehicles can be the fun-vehicles with good range. What i mean by fun is that these vehicles need to be customizable to fit the owner. Options like Magnetic ride regenerative Brembo braking systems, optional wheels, aero upgrades, lighting options, grille options, graphics, performance packages such as gearing options, carbon fiber driveshafts, engine compartment upgrades, such as Ford E-performance “Valve covers” and engine covers, should be available. Another thing is the sound of the car. As anyone knows, to an enthusiast, the sound of the car is and extremely important factor, because it speaks volumes (pun intended) about the owner and the build of the vehicle and it’s a major part of the connection an enthusiast has with their vehicle. There is a company out there alot of people are familiar with called Harman, is developing sound software and hardware for electric vehicles and I say, there should be an organic, “exhaust” system for electric vehicles as they have their own souls to them, completely different than that of the internal combustion engines, we’ve grown to love and trust. Even with these sound systems, no electric engine will ever sound, move, or feel like a V8 so I wouldn’t want an electric car to have that V8 sound. I’ve listened to the Cobra Jet 1400 clip several times on fairly decent computer speakers and the motor has a very deep sound to it along with the electrical vacuum cleaner like whine. If Harman could find a way to enhance that sound and tone down the whine and have it blend a little bit better but still be in harmony with the engine and the shifting and all of that and have that piped through a set of megaphone like pipes that run under the car you now have an “exhaust” sound system that can be modified and changed with various materials because as anyone who has done anything with audio systems knows, the materials of a subwoofer enclosure can truly change the dynamics of the sound coming out along with the materials of the subwoofer. Also, going along with what I mentioned above, the casing of the motor itself and the under hood area of the car should still have that conventional engine look to it. GM had a bright idea a little bit ago with their E-10 pickup with the electric crate motor under the hood with that V configuration. Now along with cars, I’m also a slight computer nerd and I know a fancy computer case with lights and all of that kind of stuff is the same kind of eye candy as a set of beautiful valve covers and a racy looking air breather on an old car. Same thing goes for electric cars. A nice set of “valve” covers and a dress up kit gives enthusiasts a sense of ownership. Other upgrades could include a performance liquid cooling system, along with upgradable fans and radiators. The point is, if you’re going to produce cars like this they need to fulfill the roles of the cars that came before them and not just be empty. They need to be able to make a connection. The same goes with electric trucks. Now don’t get me wrong, what GM is getting ready to produce with this new Hummer is absolutely bonkers and I’m looking forward to seeing what this thing is going to be. I’m still reeling from the specs this thing is advertised to have, 1,000hp and 11,500ft-lbs of kick your butt torque! This is what Ford should be looking at, not that Stupid Tesla. Just like the Mustangs, it needs to be personal to the owner but, trucks are different. Their performance isn’t always speed, it’s mostly rugged and enduring strength. It needs to be smooth, but it needs to be a truck, like a good whiskey. While sound isn’t always at the top of the list of a truck owner. For those who want it, the sound option should be there. As far as Lincoln goes, All of Lincoln should be electric, point blank. You don’t need engine sound, all you need is power and luxury because Lincoln is all about quiet luxury. Another thing is Ford should have moved it’s entire commercial line to electric a long time ago. The Transit and the Transit connect, all should have been electric. Europe is kicking butt in the electric commercial and fleet business and Ford should be doing the same. As far as your regular vehicles, seeing that it’s not about sound and performance and all about efficiency, Electric drive motors with battery packs work fine for these vehicles. Like I said, I’m a fan of conventional performance, but seeing that automakers are leaning towards and electric future, this would be the best way (I think) to get people to be interested in what’s to come. This is new, and it’s not exactly what alot of people want. But if done right, it can work. Just my thoughts and take on the subject. Obviously not everyone will agree and that’s cool, it’s just a suggestion to be put on the table

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