1,500 hp electric Mustang hits the strip this weekend
Expect shockingly quiet 1/4-mile runs
The electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 doesn’t deliver 1,400 hp like the name and the automaker advertised. Turns out it made 1,502. At the wheels.
Ready to debut at the NHRA U.S. Nationals this weekend, Ford Performance and Cascadia Motion have been tweaking and perfecting the real electric Mustang (we’re talking about you, Mach E), and they’ve managed to get more than 1,500 hp to the rear wheels from the four inverters, four electric motors, and the 800v architecture that can put out up to 700 amps.
Each one of the motors can spin with up to 350 kW, which our math puts at 469 hp. Multiply that by four and you’ve got 1,880 hp, which works out to 1,502 at the wheels.
“Since revealing the car, we’ve continued to fine-tune it and now know we’re just scratching the surface of what we may be able to achieve with this much electric horsepower in a drag racing setting,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
The control system uses an algorithm unique to the Cobra Jet 1400, and that much power has meant a different look at how the suspension and chassis are tuned for maximum performance.
All that power means an 8.27-second quarter mile at 168 mph, in what must be one of the strangest quarter-mile sights ever seen. Ford NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III will be behind the wheel, doing showcase runs against a gas-powered Cobra Jet with NHRA Champ Tony Pedregon behind the wheel. We’ll get to see it for ourselves at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, set for the weekend to air Fox and the NHRA’s own live stream.