The Ford Mustang has always been a staple at the drag strip. The combination of a high displacement V8, rear wheel drive, and relative affordability makes the Mustang one of the best cars to get for a weekend drag racer. However, a stock Mustang (like any stock car) will only get you so far. If you want to be king of the strip, you need to tune and modify your car. This usually involves stripping unnecessary weight elements, adding racing tires, and jacking the power up to 11. Unfortunately, this often makes the car totally unusable for everyday use, requires a lot of time and effort, and voids your warranty. Luckily for use, Ford has realized this and created a racecar we norms can just buy. Dubbed the Cobra Jet, this Ford is a dragster one can buy from his/her friendly Ford neighborhood dealership.
Enough elongating this post, let’s get down to business. The Cobra Jet is composed of 75% of the regular Ford Mustang. This obviously means 25% of the parts are unique to the Cobra Jet. One example of this is the Whipple Supercharger that sits on top of the 5.0L naturally aspirated V8. All that power is fed through a race-tuned automatic transmission. Some people, mainly those who prefer muscle milk to water, will say automatics are slow, and that they can shift faster with a proper manual and their disproportionate right arm. Ahhh, no. Modern automatic transmissions rule the drag strip these days. For the record, sequentials are automated manuals, which make them automatics.
No official numbers regarding the output have been released, however Ford claims that the Cobra Jet is capable of an 8.0s quarter mile. To put that in retrospect, the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, Bugatti Veyron (Yawn!), McLaren P1, and Koenigsegg Agera R all run the quarter mile in about 9.5s-9.0s. With all this in mind, the optional wheelie bar now seems sensible to me, as opposed to just be cosmetic fluff.
Now, a 1s difference may not seem like a lot, however in drag racing losing by a second is equivalent to losing by a mile. It should be noted that the Cobra Jet probably doesn’t have street tires, which affect quarter mile times immensely.
The Cobra Jet is limited to 50 units. It is priced just shy of $100,000, though I expect egregious dealer markups to be in play. That being said, this is still a racecar you can technically buy from a Ford dealership, which is just awesome in itself.