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Ford announces Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 for straight-line racing

April 23, 2020

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400

More than a year after Chevrolet debuted its all-electric prototype eCOPO Camaro at the season-starting NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, where that 800-horsepower machine met its objective of running under 10 seconds in the quarter-mile, Ford has unveiled its all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400.

The Ford machine, projected to hit the quarter-mile in the low eight-second range at more than 170mph, is the perfect accompaniment to Ford’s Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV road car that debuted last fall, and which drew hordes of admirers at last November’s Los Angeles auto show, achieving maximum reservations once the ability to purchase was unveiled.

Ford Performance’s battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is expected to deliver 1,400 horsepower and more than 1,100 lb-ft of on-demand torque. It’s being produced to demonstrate the capabilities of all-electric powertrains in drag racing, acknowledged as one of the most demanding motorsports environments.

Ford’s global director of Ford Icons, Dave Pericak, who is involved in the company’s motorsports activities, said the company elected to promote this vehicle in order to show off Ford’s motorsports trends. “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.”

The project was enhanced by assists from several specialty suppliers including MLe Racecars, which designed and built the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and tuned it for the quarter-mile. Watson Engineering built the roll cage and provided chassis support and development, while AEM EV’s software and motor calibration and controls were integrated with Cascadia’s motor and inverter.

According to Mark Rushbrook, global director of 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.” He indicated this is the first step in Ford’s electric vehicle racing program.

Ford will test this new drag racing machine before its debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, competitors and media will get a chance to meet the car and see its capabilities on an asphalt quarter-mile race track.

A sneak peak at the new Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is available this Sunday, April 26, on MotorTrend on Demand’s “Hard Cell,” a program that showcases electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries.

eCOPO at speed on 2nd pass

Who knows, maybe Chevy’s eCOPO Camaro will have been tuned to produce a similar amount of horsepower as the new Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 by the time racing resumes and the latter vehicle is introduced on a racing weekend? Would there be anything more exciting than seeing a side-by-side competition between these two?

By Anne Proffit

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 photo courtesy Ford Motor Co.

eCOPO Camaro photo by Anne Proffit

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