Ford Celebrates Cobra Jet’s 50th Anniversary at the Woodward Dream Cruise

Bow Before The 8sec 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

It was 50 years ago that Ford dealer and racer Bob Tasca came out with the original Mustang Cobra Jet.

Power comes from a 5.2L version of the Coyote V8 with a 3.0L Whipple supercharger, which makes enough thrust for mid eight-second quarter mile ETs with trap speeds around 150 miles per hour.

Ford is celebrating the 50 anniversary of its legendary Mustang Cobra Jet drag auto with a run of just 68 units based on the 2018 Mustang.

Developed to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory ever, the brand says the new model is capable of clocking 240 km/h while turning in a mid-eight-second quarter-mile run. In true drag racing form, Ford won't reveal exactly how much horsepower it has, but does say the Cobra Jet can run an 8-second quarter-mile at 150 miles per hour.

That power is backed up by a nine-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over suspension with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering.

You may well question the relevance of such an offering but Ford certainly doesn't, seeing it as the continuation of a lineage which inspires customers to purchase and modify some Mustang muscle of their own.

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

The new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is available to order now, in either Race Red or Oxford White.

Want one? You'll have to act fast: just 68 are being made, in a nod to the original Cobra Jet's 1968 launch.

While the body doesn't look too much different from the 2018 Mustangs you'll find at the dealership, the Cobra Jet is purpose-built for serious drag competition.

Global director of Ford Performance Parts Eric Cin says, "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". More than 150 vehicles dating back to 1968 are expected to attend.

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