Usually, race cars have a distinctive sound—some might even call it a roar—to let you know that they’re coming around the track. Ford’s new Electric Mustang Cobra Jet has a distinctive sound as well, you just can’t hear it. But that doesn’t mean it won’t come tearing down the track. Ford projects that the Electric Mustang Cobra Jet will complete the quarter-mile in under 8 seconds at speeds over 170 miles per hour.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovations,” explains Ford Icons global director Dave Pericak. “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 Cobra Jet is definitely an example of pushing technology to the limit. With over 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 ft-lbs of instant torque, the new powertrain is up for taking on racing. “This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into. 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 a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports,” says Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
The project came into being with the help of several specialized partners who contributed to making the Electric Mustang Cobra Jet a reality. Among those partners was MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia. The car will debut later this year at a drag racing event. It was also the subject of a MotorTrend On Demand’s “Hard Cell” show, which showcases electric vehicles that are pushing the boundaries. The show aired on April 26.