The Blue Oval revealed the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 way back in April, but we had yet to see this amazing all-electric drag racer in the flesh, doing what it was designed to do – tear up the quarter-mile. That long wait has finally ended, as the electrifying Cobra Jet will make its debut at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday, September 6th.
This occasion is even more special given the fact that the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 has also undergone private testing and shattered its original testing targets. Ford might actually have to change its name to the Cobra Jet 1500, in fact, because the car laid down 1,502 horsepower in that very testing. It also managed to blaze down the quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 miles per hour, which is undoubtedly quick.
Like the Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype, the Cobra Jet 1400 was built to demonstrate Ford’s technological capabilities and innovation skillset in EV technologies.
Ford Performance collaborated with Cascadia Motion to power the Cobra Jet 1400 with four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to a pair of DS-250-115s, resulting in four total motors that spin up to 10,000 revolutions per minute. These motor-inverter packages run at 800 volts and up to 700 amps, with a maximum output of 350kW per motor.
To manage such a potent propulsion package, AEM-EV and Ford Performance jointly developed an advanced data and control system that features a control algorithm unique to the Cobra Jet 1400. The sheer amount of power has also required a different approach with chassis tuning strategies, which MLe, Ford’s build and integration collaborator for the project, has delivered with input from Ford Performance’s longtime Cobra Jet build collaborators at Watson.
The U.S. Nationals provide the perfect venue to showcase the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, where the car will make its public debut this weekend. Ford NHRA Funny Car Driver Bob Tasca III will pilot the prototype in showcase runs against two-time Funny Car champion and FOX broadcaster Tony Pedregon, who will drive one of Ford’s internal combustion engine Mustang Cobra Jets, proven winners in the NHRA sportsman ranks.
See the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 in action this weekend at the NHRA U.S. Nationals on both FS1 and FOX TV, as well as on NHRA.tv.