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All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, Ford’s First Factory Fully Electric Dragster Prototype

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 23, 2020 – It won’t hurt your ears and doesn’t use a drop of fuel, but it’s projected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph. For the first time ever, Ford Performance introduces a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion.

The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver over 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 ft.-lbs. of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments.

“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “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.”

Following the debut of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV – the first-ever, all-electric Mustang, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype represents another opportunity to advance Mustang heritage and performance while simultaneously incorporating some of the most advanced technology coming to Ford’s future powertrains.

Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 also honors the original Cobra Jet that first dominated drag strips in the late 1960s and still is a major force in sportsman drag racing today.

"This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “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."

Ford Performance continues to test Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media and competitors alike will get to meet the race car, as well as see exactly what it’s capable of up on the asphalt.

Before that, catch a sneak peek starting this Sunday, April 26 by watching MotorTrend On Demand’s “Hard Cell”, a showcase of electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries.

To maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project, Ford Performance has teamed up with several capable and specialized suppliers:

  • MLe Racecars – Vehicle builder, designer, integrator and tuner
  • Watson Engineering – Chassis support and development, roll cage builder
  • AEM EV – Software and motor calibration and controls
  • Cascadia – Inverter and Motor supplier
https://media.ford.com/content/ford...uces-all-electric-mustang-cobra-jet-1400.html




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Here's Elekterek's take: Electric Mustang OK, How about we get those motors as optional in the GT Mach-e? :)
 

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Wow! Impressive.

I wonder what its range (number of track runs) is?
 

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Maybe this will help everyone put their differences aside for a bit... how quick is this bastard!?
 

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Maybe this will help everyone put their differences aside for a bit...

Most people but there are still die hard sticks in the mud who hate anything EV related to the Mustang name.
 

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Most people but there are still die hard sticks in the mud who hate anything EV related to the Mustang name.
Oh I have no doubt there will be the usual haters out there! But I was actually referring to the people on this forum putting their differences aside for a bit... but I’m sure someone will find a way to start a fight over it again. Lol.
 

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Hope some of this tech makes it to a future Mustang EV coupe/vert!
 
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Most people but there are still die hard sticks in the mud who hate anything EV related to the Mustang name.
That's fine. When the Cobra Jet 1400 smokes them in the 1/4 mile they can hate from the losers' pits.
 

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I watched the video and it definitely shifted gears.

Must be a two speed transmission. Tesla tried this early on with their roadster and had to much reliability issues. Probably due to no torque converter to take the initial torque slam when planetary band closes.

This might be a more economical solution to high speed performance than just making the motor bigger or maybe it isn't. Tesla went the simple route and got a bigger motor.
 

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And if I'm not mistaken, the Taycan uses a two speed tranny setup...
 

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 23, 2020 – It won’t hurt your ears and doesn’t use a drop of fuel, but it’s projected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph. For the first time ever, Ford Performance introduces a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion.

The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver over 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 ft.-lbs. of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments.

“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “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.”

Following the debut of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV – the first-ever, all-electric Mustang, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype represents another opportunity to advance Mustang heritage and performance while simultaneously incorporating some of the most advanced technology coming to Ford’s future powertrains.

Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 also honors the original Cobra Jet that first dominated drag strips in the late 1960s and still is a major force in sportsman drag racing today.

"This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “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."

Ford Performance continues to test Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media and competitors alike will get to meet the race car, as well as see exactly what it’s capable of up on the asphalt.

Before that, catch a sneak peek starting this Sunday, April 26 by watching MotorTrend On Demand’s “Hard Cell”, a showcase of electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries.

To maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project, Ford Performance has teamed up with several capable and specialized suppliers:

  • MLe Racecars – Vehicle builder, designer, integrator and tuner
  • Watson Engineering – Chassis support and development, roll cage builder
  • AEM EV – Software and motor calibration and controls
  • Cascadia – Inverter and Motor supplier
https://media.ford.com/content/ford...uces-all-electric-mustang-cobra-jet-1400.html




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Ok, so for the uneducated on 1/4 mile times / speed, how does this compare to other similar type drag racers? What is the top time / speed of others?
 

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Ok, so for the uneducated on 1/4 mile times / speed, how does this compare to other similar type drag racers? What is the top time / speed of others?
This car resembles pro gas class of cars. They typically run 8 sec quarter with the record somewhere in the 6 sec range.

An EV can be built to perform at whatever time/speed you want. It's really just about how much you want to spend. Just like with the transportation market, EV will become the way it is done when the economics make it happen.
 

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Good advertising move. Show racing fans what an EV can do. I remember when people thought an EV would be nothing more than a glorified golf cart.
 

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