DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 3, 2015 - Ford Performance proudly unveiled the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, marking the continued evolution of the Cobra Jet as a limited edition, factory-produced turnkey race car.
The 2016 Cobra Jet, like its predecessors, is a factory-built race car that is legal for NHRA-Stock and Super Stock drag racing as well as several classes in IHRA, NMRA, and NMCA. Like prior models the 2016 Cobra Jet is limited to only 50 units, making it among the most collectible Mustangs ever.
Since its victorious introduction at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford’s Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph. The modern Cobra Jet program started with 50 cars in the 2008 model year. The program has continued with limited 50 unit builds in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. For 2016, the car is available in Oxford White or Deep Impact Blue with each color limited to 25 examples, with options including the popular “Cobra” graphics and a wheelie bar.
“The modern Cobra Jet has performed for our customers and put Ford in the winner’s circle consistently since 2008,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “The 2016 car is the only factory 2016 Mustang with a solid axle rear suspension, and the first Cobra Jet built off the all-new Mustang introduced in 2015. We are excited to see it compete.”
The Cobra Jet engine is comprised largely of production Mustang GT components topped by a front inlet Whipple supercharger and is capable of 8-second quarter mile times as delivered. “It was important to use production hardware wherever possible in the engine to ensure parts are readily available and reasonably priced for racers,” said Jesse Kershaw, Manager Drag Racing Parts and Competition. “The production parts are also incredibly durable in passing our rigorous dyno and drag strip testing.”
For decades, the Mustang has been the preeminent car in many forms of racing, including drag racing. The Cobra Jet Mustang has added to that legacy with several high-profile wins including the 2015 NHRA US Nationals Super Stock Eliminator and Factory Showdown races, while also holding several track records in multiple NHRA classes.
The 2016 Cobra Jet features many enhancements which include drag-race-specific coil-over shocks and springs, lightweight Strange Racing brakes, 8.50 certified roll cage, an Aeromotive fuel system with trunk mounted fuel cell, Corbeau FIA seats, 5-point race harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission.
Ford Performance engineers were able to tap internal resources taking technology from other parts of the company and adapting them for race purposes. For example, the Cobra Jet engine utilizes an electric water pump from the C-MAX Hybrid that allows cool-down without the engine running. The result is more consistent racing via improved management of engine temperatures. Dyno cells calibrated to simulate drag strip burn-outs and quarter-mile runs were utilized to prove out engine durability.
With 75% of the engine components coming directly off the Ford parts shelf, the Cobra Jet utilizes highly proven parts that are durable, efficient, and well-engineered. Additional performance parts for the Cobra Jet can be found in the Ford Performance Parts catalog.
Much like previous Ford Performance Mustang race cars, the Cobra Jet Mustang will get its start at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Production of the Cobra Jet is currently underway, with delivery expected in the first quarter of 2016.
The 2016 Cobra Jet is sold as a performance part without a VIN. Customers can order a Cobra Jet by submitting a placeholder order for part number M-FR500-CJ through any North American Ford dealer. The MSRP for the base car is $99,990 with optional graphics for $1,995 and a wheelie bar at $1,995.
2016 Cobra Jet engine available separately, part number M-6007-SCJ16
The crew at Ford Performance have spec'd out a complete kit to simplify the swap of modern 5.0L Coyote power into just about Ford vehicle. The Coyote Power Module teams the Mustang GT 435 horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8 Tremec 6 Speed manual transmission - and all the electronics and hardware to finish the installation. Coyote Power Module simplifies both the shopping and build experience by kitting up the right parts that are matched to deliver potent performance with civilized drivability. The engine control pack and wiring harness is truly plug and play and simplifies the conversion to modern electronically fuel injected V8 high performance engine. The 6-speed Tremec transmission starts with a 2.66 first gear to get this going quickly while still happy to cruise in 6th gear with its 0.63 overdrive ratio.
M-9000-PMCM – Coyote Power Module Manual Transmission
The most popular crate engine size just got better and easier thanks to the engineers at Ford Performance. The proven 347 stroker combination has been optimized for street cruising with a perfectly matched cam, cylinder head, intake manifold and carb combination. It takes the guesswork and installation issues out of the way with a complete intake and distributor package that has been developed and tested by Ford Performance engineers. To dress out the X347D, the Ford Performance engineers spec’d parts from the best in the aftermarket like Holley®, Edelbrock® and MSD®.
As used in 2016 Cobra Jet
The latest Mustang delivers greater performance than ever, and enthusiasts looking to hop-up their steed should look no further than Ford Performance Parts. Check out the Ford booth at SEMA for more grab, go and styling for your 2015-2016 Mustang.
2015-2016 Mustang 2.3L Cat Back Touring Exhaust System with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang 5.0L CAT Back Touring Exhaust System WITH GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Sport Muffler Kit with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Touring Muffler Kit with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang GT 5.0L Sport Muffler Kit with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang GT 5.0L Touring Muffler Kit with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang 2.3L Cat Back Sport Exhaust System with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2015-2016 Mustang GT 5.0L Cat Back Sport Exhaust System with GT350 Exhaust Tips and Lower Valance
2016 Ford Performance Parts catalog celebrates 35 years of delivering must-have parts for the Ford enthusiast
Las Vegas, November 3rd - The 2016 Ford Performance Parts catalog was revealed at the 2015 SEMA show. The catalog contains an historical overview of the Performance Parts program and is the first element in a yearlong celebration commemorating 35 years of meeting the Ford enthusiasts’ performance parts needs.
In addition to the catalog, the Ford Out Front display will feature 35 years of branding and parts displays paying homage to some of the most iconic parts in the brand’s history.
Ford Performance will recognize some of these influential parts in its 35 year history throughout the 2016 calendar year through social media. Enthusiasts will be asked to provide their memories of those parts and the Ford’s equipped with them.
Other 35 year themed events and promotions will be announced throughout 2016.
Featuring the all-new Mustang Cobra Jet on the cover, the catalog and SEMA display showcase a wide range of parts for the 6th generation Mustang as well as new parts applicable to even first generation Mustangs like the new Z2 performance heads for small-block Ford engines.
The 2016 catalog also features a new section dedicated to Focus and Fiesta performance parts including mountune performance parts available exclusively in North America through Ford Performance.
To get your new 2016 Ford Performance Parts catalog, visit the Ford Out Front display at the SEMA Show or stop in at your local Ford Performance Authorized Dealer. And be sure to follow Ford Performance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest from #FordSEMA updates and the 35 year celebration throughout 2016.