Ford Performance first unveiled the electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 last April, at which time it said that the drag racer would cover the quarter-mile in the low 8-second range thanks to its lofty output of 1,502 horsepower. Sure enough, the EV dragster laid down an 8.27-second pass at 168 miles per hour at its first public appearance last September at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Now, with Bob Tasca III behind the wheel, the electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 has once again reset the EV drag racing record at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Tasca III, who is currently atop the NHRA Nitro Funny Car rankings alongside his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang, reset the EV record with a stellar 8.12-second pass at 171.97 miles-per-hour, improving upon his earlier exhibition pass of 8.26 seconds at 167 miles-per-hour.
To achieve those results, the electrified Mustang employs 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. A custom data and control system jointly developed by AEM-EV and Ford Performance manages all of that output.
Getting 1,500+ horsepower to the ground effectively is another task altogether. For that, Ford teamed up with Watson Engineering, which helped it build the electric Cobra Jet 1400, and MLe Racecars, Ford’s build and integration collaborator for the project. The result is a technological powerhouse of a vehicle that’s capable of outrunning its stablemate – the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 – in a straight line, but that’s to be expected from a dedicated drag racer.
The idea behind both of these wild machines is to push the limits of what’s possible with EV power systems, and if these runs are any indication, the best is yet to come.