Ford is really getting into their stride when it comes to electric vehicles.
This time, however, Ford revealed a purpose-built drag car. It doesn't have a V8 under the hood but it does have over a thousand horsepower at the ready. This is the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, a prototype dragster that is projected to crank out over 1,400 HP and nearly 1,500 Nm of torque.
Projected to decimate the quarter-mile in the low 8-second range at more than 270 km/h, this electric Mustang dragster demonstrates the capabilities of electric propulsion in pure racing performance.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation. 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," said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons.
Purists may not like the fact that Ford made a Mustang dragster without a V8. But Ford states that the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 honors the original Cobra Jet that dominated the drag strip in the late '60s. With their growing expertise in making electric propulsion systems, Ford Performance decided that the only way to move forward is to introduce electric power to drag racing.
Making the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 a reality was no easy feat as Ford Performance teamed up with several capable and specialized builders and suppliers. These included MLe Racers which served as the vehicle builder, designer, and tuner, Watson Engineering which focused on the chassis and roll cage, AEM EV for software and motor calibration and controls, and Cascadia who provided the inverter and electric motors for the electric dragster.
“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. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
Check out the video posted above and see for yourself just how wickedly-quick the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is on the drag strip.