DEARBORN, Mich., April 18, 2018 - Fifty years ago, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet took to the staging lanes at drag strips everywhere - and along with the resulting wins, a legend was born. Now comes the return of the Mustang Cobra Jet drag strip race car by Ford Performance - is 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 mph.
"From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. "That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street."
Engineered by Ford Performance Parts, the purpose-built drag racer developed on the 2018 Ford Mustang platform is limited to 68 non-VIN production cars. It includes a supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 and unique four-link rear suspension, along with a Ford 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering. Race add-ons include NHRA-certified roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with 50th anniversary badging.
The result is a turnkey racer that showcases many performance add-ons available from the Ford Performance Parts catalog for Mustang dating back to the original 1968 Cobra Jet. Offered in either Race Red or Oxford White, the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet features an available commemorative 50th anniversary graphics package and anniversary badging.
Final 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet ordering and product specifications will be released this summer. The car is designed to be legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, along with several National Mustang Racers and National Muscle Car Association classes.
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Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR Vehicles have teamed up to bring a distinctive owner experience for those looking to stand out from the crowd. The ultimate collaboration of style, performance and fun, the "Ford Mustang RTR powered by Ford Performance" is the newest addition to the Mustang family. The goal was to take the driving and owner experience of the iconic Ford Mustang to the next level.
This has been achieved with the perfect mix of RTR's signature modern aggressive styling along with Ford Performance's uniquely tuned track and street proven suspension system and staggered wheel set. This Mustang offers enhanced drivability on the street and the uniquely tuned suspension allow owners to achieve the optimal chassis balance to support any choice of fun on the street or the track. Whether you are cruising with your better half; taking in the scenic views on the twisty backroads; laying down serious lap times on the track; enjoying some drifting; or blasting down the drag strip, the Ford Mustang RTR powered by Ford Performance is sure to get the adrenaline flowing and bring a smile to your face.
Only 500 of the Series 1 Mustang RTR powered by Ford Performance packages will be available (on either 2.3L EcoBoost or 5.0L vehicles) through Select Ford dealers in 2019. Each comes with a Ford factory warranty and Ford Credit financing for those who qualify.
WARNING - If you are not interested in additional attention and increased fun in your life, the Ford Mustang RTR powered by Ford Performance is NOT for you.
The first 11,200 miles of this Mustang's life was spent running the roads in Texas. 2015 it moved to South Dakota where it was tamed by a little church lady. Yes, my wife is the church secretary, and drove another 1,000 miles to church over the next two years. This little pony originally started with a 289 cu. in. engine producing approximately 200 bhp with 280 lb-ft torque, all mated up to a 3 speed manual transmission.
As the story goes, "when the cats away the mice will play". Wisdom told me that a drag race against a buddies 73 Camaro was a brilliant idea while the wife was visiting the kids. Evidently an original untouched 289 was not ready for a drag race as the engine temp rapidly exceeded 400 degrees and seriously wounded my wife's little pony.
My son-in-law is a technician for Sioux Falls Ford and he suggested 2.3 liter EcoBoost transplant. Thanks to the folks at Ford Performance this Mustang can continue going to church, only a little bit faster than before!