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News Ford Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang Headed to NHRA U.S. Nationals

Ford Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang Headed to NHRA U.S. Nationals

Electric Mustang runs eights, hoping to go faster in Indy next week

  • 1,400 hp electric Mustang has already run eights

  • Builder says it’s more powerful now, making public debut


Ford is bringing one of its quickest Mustangs ever to Indianapolis for its public debut. The all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 will hit the strip at the NHA U.S. Nationals in that city early next month.

The Cobra Jet is a fully-electric drag racer, a prototype built for Ford Performance making more than 1,400 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. The car, built by MLe Racecars with inverter and motor from Cascadia ran an 8.66 at 160 mph (259 km/h) quarter-mile in its first private outing, and MLe says it’s even quicker now.

The first Cobra Jet arrived in 1968 at the NHRA Winternationals, the 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8 dominated that event and just 50 of the lightened, more powerful cars were built.

If you’re worried about electric replacing nitromethane, the NHRA says not to be. Though the idea of a 10,000 hp electric funny car sounds pretty amazing even if it would be quieter and less explosion-prone than the nitro cars. Instead, they say electric drag racers are here to grow the sport, and that sounds right to us when you think about how many drivers in the last five years got their first dose of neck-breaking acceleration behind the wheel of a Tesla.

Competitors, media, and maybe even fans (who knows, these days) will get to see the Cobra Jet 1400 at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals September 3-6 at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana.

 

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