Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to be world's quickest rear-drive V8

Audrey Hill
April 20, 2018

That began a long legacy of cars that eschew public roads in favor of track use. Since actual output will depend on the tuning efforts of each owner, there is no official power rating, but we know that it will put down enough power to run the quarter mile in the mid-8-second range, with speeds in the area of 150 miles per hour. Now comes the return of the Mustang Cobra Jet dragstrip race auto by Ford Performance that's targeted to be the most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet, capable of running the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 miles per hour. However, the upcoming Shelby GT500 uses a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 that is tipped to make more than 520kW.

Of the almost 126 000 vehicles registered worldwide, Ford reported 81 866 of those were registered in the United States, meaning just over one-third of all Mustang registrations are occurring in export markets. "Even more encouraging is that the updated 2018 Mustang is just now getting rolled out to export markets". Ford Performance dropped in unique four-link suspension, together with a Ford 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering. There are a variety of add-ons that will be made available, including an NHRA-certified roll cage, racing seats, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with 50th anniversary badging. If you've been wanting to show your 840 horsepower Dodge Demon owning friends what shame feels like, this could well be the vehicle to do it in.

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Ford introduced the Mustang Cobra Jet in 1968 as a way to compete - and win - on drag strips across the country. Ordering and product specifications were expected to be released this summer.

And now the real drag: Ford is only making 68 of these cars and absolutely zero of them will be street legal. Ford says it'll detail the full specs closer to that point, as well as confirming pricing.

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