All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 Is Ford’s New Silent Rubber-Burning Monster
Ford’s take on electric dragsters is not just dressed to impressby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 02:28
Last time we heard about the Cobra Jet moniker, Ford was releasing an anniversary edition that could scorch the quarter mile in eight seconds at 150 mph thanks to a souped up 5.2-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter supercharger.
The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is the exact opposite of that. Not in terms of performance, but regarding what powers it
At last, a rival for the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro
There’s not much we know about the Cobra Jet 1400 all-electric dragster prototype, but Ford did brief us on the essentials.
The electric dragster churns out in excess of 1,400 horsepower (1,044 kilowatts) and 1,100 pound-feet (1,491 Newton-meters) of torque via an all-electric powertrain.
The exact components of that powertrain are unknown at this point (does it have one e-motor or a twin setup?), but it’s enough to make the eCOPO Camaro look obsolete.
The Chevy dragster was fitted with an electric motor capable of producing 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. That’s half the level of grunt produced by the Cobra Jet 1400, and we’re already seeing Ford officials chuckling and rubbing their hands.
To go even further with the comparison, the eCOPO Camaro could pull off quarter-mile runs in the 9-second range, while the Cobra Jet 1400 can deliver those in the mid-8-second range at more than 170 mph.
Of course, when you’re sitting on this amount of power and torque, your biggest issue is transferring the resources efficiently to the ground. For that, the Cobra Jet 1400 rides on drag radials and most likely packs a heavily tweaked suspension setup under that muscular body kit.
For the time being, Ford Performance will be testing and tweaking the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prior to the dragster’s world debut scheduled to take place later this year “at a drag racing event.”
For this project in particular, Ford joined forces with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia. Cascadia, for example, provided the e-motor and the inverter, while Watson Engineering developed the chassis and the prototype’s roll cage.