Silent speedster: Ford unveils 170 mph Mustang Cobra Jet – an ELECTRIC dragster with 1,400 hp
- Ford has released the first details of the one-time Mustang Cobra Jet 1400
- It was created in tribute to Ford’s original factory-developed drag racer
- The American company has equipped it with a wheelie bar to prevent it from overturning at launch
- It also has a parachute to slow it down after a quarter-mile sprint in less than 8 seconds
When you think of dragsters, but also gob-smacking acceleration and speed, you also think of an apoplectic roar of the engine and flames thrown in all directions from high octane machines.
But not this one. That’s because it has a quiet electric drivetrain and no emissions.
It’s a one-off creation from Ford, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. It’s no slouch – able to hit a top speed of 170 mph and complete a quarter mile sprint in just eight seconds. And no, it does not require an extension cable of 400 meters.
Silent speedster; This is Ford’s new Mustang dragster that can hit 170 mph – and it’s all electric
Ford released images this week of its first factory-developed EV dragster prototype, confirming that the Cobra 1400 produces a massive – you guessed it – 1,400 horsepower.
It anticipates the showroom arrival of the American company’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, which will be priced in the UK from £ 40,270.
The entry-level family car promises a ‘target range’ of 280 miles from its 76kWh battery and delivers 254bhp. The more expensive, longer-range version is a premium of £ 9,730, which pays for a 99kWh battery for a noted range of 370 miles and 281bhp – that’s a fifth of the crazed but super green Jet 1400 dragster.
Generating the incredible performance figures of this well-tuned EV is a single – but relatively massive – front-mounted electric motor powered by batteries.
However, how many batteries and capacity is currently hidden.
Just like the range of the battery pack, which as far as we know could only be good for one or two sprints before connecting the drag racer to the mains.
It delivers a massive 1,500 Nm of torque which, because it is electric, is almost immediately available through a throttle.
When you think of dragsters – like this one pictured at Santa Pad Raceway in Podington, Bedfordshire – you think of the roar of an apoplectic engine and flames thrown in all directions from all high-octane machines
The Mustang Cobra 1400 is very different from your traditional dragster: this extreme electric car is made in homage to Ford’s original factory-developed drag racer, but with zero emissions
It anticipates the arrival of the American firm’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E family SUV (shown), which will be priced in the UK from £ 40,270
That means, like all dragsters, it will likely be an absolute handful to ride, especially to launch it and try to get a grip for a quarter-mile load.
Fortunately, Ford has equipped it with a full roll cage, improved suspension and massive brakes to ensure it goes and stops with the utmost safety (at least by dragster standards).
As you’d expect from a vehicle of this type, the rear tires are as wide as a shopping cart and get a wheelie bar to keep it from airborne when the pilot takes it off the line.
There are also additional provisions for the end of each quarter-mile dash, as it comes with a built-in parachute system to slow it down and the dinner plate’s brake discs just don’t do the job fast enough.
The US car maker has equipped the lightning-fast dragster with a wheelie bar to prevent it from overturning at launch
It also has a parachute to slow it down after a quarter-mile sprint in less than 8 seconds
The car was designed in tribute to Ford’s original factory-developed drag racer, the 1968 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet, powered by a carburettor 7-liter V8 engine.
That only yielded a relative 400 horsepower – just a fraction of what this souped-up volt-jacked 2020 creation has in its arsenal.
Commenting on the electric dragster, Dave Pericak, global director for Ford Icons, said, “Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation.
“Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance, and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is an example of pushing new technology to the limit.
“We are excited to show what is possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”
Is electric drag racing likely to start? We have reservations about American fans going crazy for a transition from flame-throwing ‘top fuel’ dragsters to ‘does anyone have a charger for a new Ford? machines. Although we can be proven wrong …
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