2018 Cobra Jet Mustang (50th Anniversary Limited Edition) Unveiled at Woodward!

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    #1 Jarstang, Aug 16, 2018
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    Ford just unveiled the 2018 Cobra Jet Mustang to commemorate the CJ's 50th anniversary!

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    • Ford reveals the new limited edition Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet turnkey race car – the fastest production Mustang on the drag strip; new model is capable of topping 150 mph with quarter-mile runs in the mid-eight-second range
    • Latest Cobra Jet pays homage to the original, which debuted at NHRA Winternationals in 1968, and makes its first public appearance at Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend
    • Customers can buy new Cobra Jet now, with production limited to 68 cars, in tribute to its 1968 debut

    DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 16, 2018 – Ford Performance today revealed the quickest drag racing Mustang ever, capable of covering a quarter-mile in the mid-eight-second range.

    The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race car that honors the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968. The new Cobra Jet makes its public debut this weekend at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.

    The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary car to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory ever – capable of topping 150 mph while turning in a mid-eight-second quarter-mile run. The project epitomizes the close teamwork between traditional and motorsports engineering groups to maximize the design, performance and durability of production Mustangs.

    “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,” said Eric Cin, global director, 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 famed 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.

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

    The new Mustang Cobra Jet is available in either Race Red or Oxford White and can be outfitted with exclusive 50th Anniversary graphics and badging. Customers can order now at an MSRP of $130,000. Production is limited to 68 cars, in honor of Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut.


    Making history again

    The car’s long history of winning and setting records dates to its debut race weekend, where it commanded NHRA Super Stock at the 1968 Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. Since then, its winning engine formula has served to power Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, Ford Fairlane, Ford Torino and other vehicles. Credit for this formula goes to legendary East Coast Ford dealer Bob Tasca, grandfather of current Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III and the man who coined the phrase “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

    After its display at Mustang Alley as part of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet will travel the following weekend to Norwalk, Ohio, for the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park – the largest gathering of Cobra Jets in history. More than 150 vehicles dating back to 1968 are expected to attend.


    Mustang Cobra Jet timeline

    1968 – Original FE 428-cubic-inch V8-powered Cobra Jet is created:
    • Ford produces 50 lightweight Mustangs to hold the 335-horsepower engine; six are shipped to Holman Moody and Bill Stroppe to be prepared for NHRA competition
    • Al Joniec pilots one of the six to Cobra Jet’s first victory

    2008 – Rebirth of factory Mustang Cobra Jet, M-FR500-CJ, 40 years later:
    • Powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter dual-overhead-cam V8, this drag racing renaissance was the first Stock Eliminator car to dip into the eight-second zone at an NHRA National Event
    • Unlike the original, the 50 produced this time around do not feature VINs, so they are not street legal
    • John Calvert drives a Cobra Jet featuring Joniec tribute paint scheme to victory at NHRA Winternationals on 41st anniversary of its original win

    2009-16 – M-FR500-CJ:
    • 250 additional cars are produced with dozens of domestic drag racing records, victories and championships achieved across NHRA, IHRA, NMCA and NMRA
    • Drivers range from experienced veterans to young drag racing stars in the making
    • Through half a century, Mustang Cobra Jet orders are still being placed at local Ford dealerships

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    I've been lucky enough to attend the Cobra Jet Showdown before........and these things are beasts! :)
     
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    Now that's my kind of Mustang! Would love a chance to see it in action.
     
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    Meh. Not really a “production” car, is it, seeing as they don’t have a VIN. Show us the damn GT500 already!
     
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    My thoughts exactly. I saw the head line that Ford would unveil a "production" car today ahead of the cruise. As cool as the Cobra Jet is, I was hoping we might see a glance at the GT500 or the Bronco. So count me as pretty disappointed in this "reveal"
     
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    That is a cool ass car! But it comes with the same head aches as any other race car. You gotta load and unload it on a trailer. Trying to insure it is a MF.
     
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    It shares the gt/cs front.... Not street legal so I will go make a street legal Fobra Jet with a gt/cs.... Kidding... Still a nice fast drag car.
     
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    What? All these details and power figures are nowhere to be found?
     
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    I want to buy the hood NOW please :)
     
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    When will we see one at a Drag Strip ? I love the graphics and that hood scoop is just gorgeous.
     
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    Why does that matter..? The point of drag racing is having the fastest car, at all possible costs....
     
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    Why would you let the competition know your HP and Torque. That would be dumb.
     
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    Well when they tell the competition it can do mid 8 second 1/4 at over 150 I don't see the harm in releasing power figures. I am sure someone smarter than me could figure out a rough estimate on the power
     
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    Mid 8 seconds is a big variable 8.4 to 8.6. So they still aren't really saying much. They don't say how much it weighs and say it would run over 150 MPH.
    At 3000 lbs it would take 950 HP to run 8.36 seconds at 159 MPH
     
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    It looks bad ass. Should be interesting once someone gets one and trips the lights so we can see real world numbers and hear it!
     
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    Just making an observation. Most people, like you for instance. Have never owned a full on race car. And don't know all of the head aches that go along with it. It's worth looking into before spending 100 large on a Cobrajet. It matters because 100 grand buys a lot of buyers remorse. if you don't go into the purchase knowing all the facts.
     
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    That is also true, but if you don't think the boys over at Chevy and Dodge have an idea of what this car makes your mistaken
     
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    I didn't say the competition didn't have an idea. All the cars in this class run really close numbers. You asked what HP it made to run mid 8 seconds and I told you. I don't know what the race weight of the cars are though. So that 950 HP is just an estimate @ 3000 lbs. But I'm sure it's right around there HP wise.
     
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    I didn't ask for the HP. Another poster was bummed that they released a bunch of details but no power figures. You then said why let the competition know the power levels, to which I responded it can probably be figured out pretty easily by someone smarter than me, and that when you let them know the MPH and ET I didn't see harm in releasing power figures.
     
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