Dearborn’s Ford Unveils Fastest Drag Racing Mustang


Ford Performance, a division of Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co., Thursday unveiled its 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet race car. It is the fastest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering one-fourth of a mile in the mid-8-second range.

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race car that honors the 50thanniversary of the original pony car that raced on drag strips in 1968. It will make its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet’s success at the track over five decades,” says Eric Cin, global director of Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

The car is powered by a special 5.2-liter version of Ford’s 5.0-liter V8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger. The engine sends power to the ground through a 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering, as well as a four-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars.

Factory-provided racing performance upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats, and anniversary-badged racing wheels.

The car is available in Race Red and Oxford White and can be outfitted with 50th anniversary graphics and badging. Customers can order now at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $130,000. Production is limited to 68 cars in honor of Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut.

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