Ford Performance unveiled the continued evolution of its electric-powered motorsports efforts today with the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800. This new electric drag racer is an aggressive revision to the NHRA world record-holding Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. It’s targeted to best the Cobra Jet 1400‘s standing world record for full-bodied electric vehicles in the quarter mile – 8.128 seconds at 171.97 miles per hour.
What Is The Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800?
The Ford Performance-led team returned to the drawing board after Bob Tasca III drove the Cobra Jet 1400 to its reigning time in Norwalk, Ohio. Pouring their effort into revisions and upgrades to the chassis, powertrain, and control system. To match this work, Ford Performance returned the famous Super Cobra Jet name, first offered on 1969 model year Mustangs as an improvement to the standard Cobra Jet package.
The Super Cobra Jet 1800 utilizes the same four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to two double-stacked DS-250-115 motor pairings as before. But now, attached to a new transmission from Liberty and powered by an entirely redone, lighter-weight battery system designed by Ford Performance and MLe Racecars. The power is sent to an MLe Racecars-revised rear end featuring improved suspension geometry from PMR and larger Mickey Thompson drag radials to optimize launches.
The entire powertrain is managed by Ford Performance’s proprietary control software running on AEM-EV hardware, with a new data acquisition system, dash, and power distribution system all designed in-house. On top of going for a new full-bodied electric vehicle record, the Super Cobra Jet 1800 will also attempt to claim records for the fastest electric vehicle, 0-60 mph and fastest two-wheel drive electric vehicle 0-60 during an NHRA event later this season. MLe Racecar’s cofounder and official program test driver Pat McCue is planned to be in the driver’s seat when the newest iteration of the Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet is placed on a drag strip to break as many records as it possibly can.